Community shows support for child shot in West Ashley home

Friends and strangers left cards and flowers on the front porch of the Pierpont Avenue home where a 5-year-old girl was shot.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Richard Douglas picked up the cards left on the door step of the Griffor family's home, days after someone shot into the home and injured a five-year-old girl.

Douglas said he was taking the cards back to the hospital where Allison Griffor was in critical condition. He said she was shot in the head. Charleston County Sheriff's authorities say the shooting happened early Tuesday morning at Pierpont Avenue. Officials say someone walked up to the front door, knocked, then shot a shotgun through the front door.

Douglas released a statement he said was written by William Griffor, Allison's father.

"We were sleeping on our beds when we heard loud kicking on the door. I ran to the door and was about to open it and yelled through the door. Then there was a blast through the door. I went into my kids' room and told my wife to call the police. I grabbed all three of our kids out of their beds and put them on the floor in my room and I told everyone to get on the floor and under the bed. I ran back to the front door and waited for them to come in. When the police arrived, we turned on the lights to find our daughter had been shot in the head, through the door, through the wall, as she lay asleep in her bed."

Douglas also said Griffor was not shot directly. Instead, he received gun powder burns and wood splinters in his arm. He says they now hope for the community's help in getting information on who is responsible.

"The fact that someone can take a young beautiful girl, and destroy her, and destroy this entire family -- the mother, the father, the children, the grandparents, the friends. Everybody who knew this girl, is going to be affected their entire lives," Douglas said.

The family also needs financial assistance for the medical bills. Douglas says they do not have insurance.

If you would like to help, you can donate to the Allison Griffor fund at any First Federal Bank branch.

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