When three wayward yoots forced Kenneth Byrd, his wife and granddaughter to the rear of their home, they complied, opening a safe and handing over cash. But when one of the three moved to rape the girl, out came Mr. Byrd’s mohaska. As wmbfnews.com reports, “The man was then able to retrieve a weapon and several shots were fired between the man and the suspects in the house. The man was struck multiple times by gunshots and the suspects then fled the scene in his vehicle.”
Byrd’s in serious condition. But he stayed in the fight long enough to inflict plenty of damage of his own.
Officers later received a call from the McLeod Hospital in Dillon and discovered that Brandon Carver Stephens, 28, of Fairmont and Jamar Hawkins, 17, of Lumberton had been shot. Both were airlifted to another medical facility for emergency surgery.
It wasn’t too difficult to track down Jamie Lee Faison, either. He was found dead in his own driveway sitting behind the wheel of Byrd’s stolen car. And in a truly shocking development, “Stephens, Hawkins, and Faison are possible persons of interest in other home invasions….”
Here’s hoping the 67-year-old Mr.Byrd makes a quick and complete recovery. He’s probably thanking his lucky stars right now that he lives in South Carolina rather than, say, New York where no one needs more than seven rounds in a handgun at any time for any reason. Governor Andrew Cuomo was unavailable for comment.