Friends of family shocked over shooting
By Natalie Caula
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Neighbors left flowers on the porch where investigators say someone shot through the front door, hitting a five-year-old girl and her father.
"I'm really sorry for what happened to their family," says a nearby neighbor who only wished to be identified by his first name, Robert.
William Griffor, 37, was shot in the arm, Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said Tuesday during a press conference. Richard Douglas says he's a friend of the family and identified the child who was shot as Allison Griffor.
As of Tuesday night, Douglas said Allison Griffor was in critical condition at M.U.S.C.
"Her heart's beating. That's about all right now," Douglas said. "She's struggling. She's fighting the good fight to be alive."
Sheriff Cannon says someone approached the home at 1733 Pierpont Avenue at approximately 1:02 A.M.
"Someone knocked on the door. The father went to the door but didn't open it. Shortly after that, someone shot what appeared to be a shotgun through the door," said Sheriff Cannon.
A neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, says she heard a car speed off shortly after hearing loud bangs.
Sheriff Cannon says they did not have any suspects, but were working some leads. He say about thirty minutes after the shooting and just a few blocks away, deputies were called out to another home located at 2153 Catterton Drive. Melanie Orr called 9-1-1 after hearing four loud bangs.
"I thought it was someone slamming their car doors," stated Orr.
When deputies searched the inside of the home, a trailer, they found more than 24 pounds of marijuana inside and a hand gun inside the mailbox.
"Every time a landlord rents it out, it's a high turnover. Nobody ever stays in their more than six months to a year," stated Orr.
Deputies later identified Juan Carlos Grant as the man living inside that home. The home was vacant at the time of the search.
Grant was arrested eventually and charged with trafficking marijuana. Deputies say several hours after the shooting and drug bust, Grant locked himself up inside a home on Tedder Street in North Charleston. As to whether he's linked to the shooting:
"It's a little bit of too much of a coincidence to not look at the drug bust given the context of the shooting," stated Sheriff Cannon.
In the meantime, neighbors plan to show their support for a family targeted while they simply tried to sleep.
"We're all praying for them," stated Robert.
According to Sheriff Cannon, the family had recently moved into the home in the last few months. Douglas says the couple has a total of three children.