MARION COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — In the aftermath of a shooting early Sunday morning near Mullins that sent four people to the hospital, Marion County Sheriff Brian Wallace said it’s time to “take our community back.”

Deputies reported finding more than 70 spent shell casings at a scene connected to the shooting, which left one person hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Three others were treated and released, and authorities have not released any information about suspects.

“For the last few weeks the word ‘freedom’ has been used and celebrated quite a bit. After the events of last night near Mullins, I have been pondering the word,” Wallace said Sunday afternoon in a Facebook post. “Today I have enjoyed the freedom to awaken in my home, to join fellow believers in worship, to teach of my faith. I enjoyed the freedom to choose a meal, freedom to drive around, and the freedom to speak with whom I chose.”

Wallace said he has made a list of things “we should be free from.”

“As citizens of this beautiful county, great state, and best country in the world, you deserve to be free from bullets invading your home and or vehicle. You should be free to sleep in peace. You should be free to sit on your porch without fear. You should be free from fear of being in a public place or crowd.

“So you see, while many of us celebrate ‘freedom’ this weekend, there are freedoms we must still fight for. This is YOUR community. This is MY community. I will not live in fear and neither should you. WE MUST TAKE OUR COMMUNITY BACK.”

Deputies responded about 2 a.m. Sunday to investigate a shots-fired call in the area of Jordan Court in Mullins. A short time later, another caller reported someone laying in a yard near the 100 block of Curry Road.Then, while emergency crews were responding to help that victim, the sheriff’s office said officials with the emergency department at MUSC Marion let deputies know that three men with gunshot wounds had shown up at the hospital.

Deputies said the victims and witnesses at the hospital were uncooperative but that investigators were able to eventually locate a “scene” near Leroy Bethea and Jennings roads. That’s where they found the spent shell casings from several different caliber weapons.

Several homes and vehicles in the area were damaged in the incident, according to deputies. However, deputies could not find any witnesses, and there were no calls to 911.

The sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post that the investigation is continuing.

Wallace said those in his department “already work around the clock to do all that they can,” but they need help from the public.

“What kind of society sits idly by while freedoms are ripped from us,” Wallace said in his post. Take a stand! Be a voice. May God bless Marion County and all those who wish to bring her peace.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of the Pee Dee at 888-274-6372 or the non-emergency number for Marion County Central Dispatch at 843-423-8399. 

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