A Berkeley County man faces 4 counts of attempted murder after allegedly shooting at kids playing in his neighborhood on Monday and shooting their grandparents.
As told in warrants and by the attorney for the children’s parents interviewed by the Post and Courier, events unfolded before 5 p.m. Monday on Gator Drive in the Goose Creek area.
George Ernest Merritt, 64, told two kids - an 8-year-old boy and 1-year-old girl - playing in the road by his house to be quiet. The grandparents told Merritt not to yell at their grandchildren.
Merritt then retrieved a .22 caliber pistol, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
He allegedly confronted the grandparents and the children’s mother and began firing, the sheriff’s department said.
The grandfather was hit in the left chest as he shielded his family. The grandmother was also struck by a bullet in the chest, authorities said. They were both hospitalized and with what are thought to be non-life-threatening injuries.
Merritt was arrested soon after without incident at his home.