PINELAND, S.C. (WTOC) - The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a drive-by shooting that injured a 15-year-old boy while in his Jasper County home.
It happened early Tuesday morning in the 2800 block of Gillison Branch Road in Pineland. Deputies say they received reports around 2:42 a.m. of a drive-by shooting having occurred.
When deputies arrived they found a 15-year-old boy with a bullet wound to the head. M’kai Brown was laying in his bed when bullets started flying into the home. His family says that within seconds, he was shot in the head. The miracle is, he survived.
“We were just mingling around because we had family that had come home from out of town,” his mother, Yasmin Brown said.
On Tuesday morning at 2 a.m., a drive-by shooting turned the Brown family home into a crime scene.
“M’Kai was in his room, laying down, playing his PlayStation. Suddenly, we heard a popping noise.”
“When the popping sound started, we thought it was still people shooting firecrackers.”
“I realized that it was a gun shot.”
Instantly, the family jumped into action
“I just yelled for everyone to hit the floor and no later than I did that we heard round of fire coming through the house.”
“And as he was getting down, I think that’s when he got shot in the head.”
“It was very, I can’t even describe how hard it was to hear my sister yell ‘my child had been hit.’”
Thirty-six bullets were shot into the house in the drive-by shooting. The family says despite getting shot in the head, M’Kai is still alive.
“It’s a miracle that he is still here. And we are still praying. I have had tons of support.”
The sheriff’s office says they believe the shooting is connected to a June 8 and June 12 shooting on the same road. They told WTOC while they don’t have a suspect yet, they are getting close.
"Detectives and our Victim's Advocate have been working through the day attempting to identify a suspect(s). This investigation is ongoing and your prayers for the family are needed. Pray for our Jasper County and your law enforcement who are working non-stop to bring justice," said Sheriff Chris Malphrus.
Anyone with information can contact Det. Sgt. Jake Higgins at 843.637.9915.