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ECSO continues to investigate teen shot by homeowner

Trey Sanders (Source: Rachel Scholz, Trey's mother) Trey Sanders (Source: Rachel Scholz, Trey's mother)
Incident occurred at home on Go-Cart Rd. (Source: Rachel Scholz) Incident occurred at home on Go-Cart Rd. (Source: Rachel Scholz)
(Source: Rachel Scholz) (Source: Rachel Scholz)

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office is investigating an incident where a teen was shot at a home in Guyton.

Deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress on Go-Cart Road around 8 p.m. Thursday. Upon arrival, deputies located a 13-year-old boy suffering from a gunshot wound to the face.

Initial reports indicate that the teen broke into a residence and was shot after he was confronted by the homeowner.

The family of the teen shot, Trey Sanders, spoke to WTOC Friday and said the two teens, Trey and his cousin Allyson Kirby, were going for a walk when they saw what they thought was a vacant house because it had a big oak tree laying on top of the home and looked a bit run-down, so they decided to go inside.

The two did gain entry into the home, however, reports indicate nothing was taken.

According to police, someone called the homeowner, the homeowner showed up, and that is when an altercation took place and eventually shots were fired.

"At this time in the investigation, we are continuing to look at what happened. Initial reports indicate this child was inside this man's residence and at some point, a shot was fire and the child was hit," said David Ehsanipoor, Effingham County Sheriff's Office. "Deputies continue to  gather interviews from all parties involved including witnesses."

The teen was transported to Memorial University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. He has since been released and is now home recovering from wounds to his face and arm. Trey's family tells WTOC that he is a great boy and has never done anything wrong. He was just out with his cousin enjoying the outdoors.

"We're interviewing the man who fired the shot as well as the child that was shot," Ehsanipoor continued.

ECSO says they are treating this as an attempted burglary at this time and charges are likely.

The incident remains under investigation.

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