UNION, S.C. (WSPA) – Union County Sheriff’s Office officials said a man was killed early Tuesday morning during a home invasion in the Buffalo area.
According to Union County Sheriff David Taylor, officers responded to a reported shooting at about 12:07 a.m. in the 1200 block of Main Street.
After further investigation, deputies found the suspect, Victor Hair, 26, was the homeowner’s ex-boyfriend. Taylor said the incident stemmed from a domestic incident that happened earlier in the week.
Taylor said that Hair parked down the road, walked up to the home, kicked the front door open and started shooting.
The homeowner, an adult man, a 10-year-old, and a 2-year-old were inside the home during the shooting, according to Taylor.
7 News spoke with a neighbor who stepped in to help after the home invasion.
“We heard a banging, a real bad banging on the door,” Marie Moore said.
Moore was watching TV with her grandson just after midnight on Tuesday when she got an unexpected visitor.
“I could hear the lady out there. She was screaming, ‘Please, please, I need some help! I need 911! He’s up there and he’s got a gun,'” Moore said.
Moore told 7 News she looked out of her window and saw a young woman she didn’t recognize at her back door.
“She had a baby on her hip and I just opened the door,” she said. “I didn’t think about anything else.”
The woman had run across a busy street to Moore’s home, looking for help, after 26-year-old Victor Hair broke into her home and started shooting.
“They were in a relationship and we had answered a domestic call over here a few days ago,” Union County Sheriff David Taylor said. “We had active warrants on the suspect.”
“I didn’t ask her anything. Just as long as she was safe, it was none of my business,” Moore said.
Sheriff Taylor said another man in the home fired back at Hair.
When emergency crews arrived on the scene, Hair was found lying in the front yard. He died from his injuries.
“I couldn’t say, ‘It’s okay. It’s going to be okay,’ because I didn’t know what went on,” Moore said.
But Moore told 7 News she’s glad the woman found her way to her home.
“She did what I would do,” she said. “If I ran from that place, I’m going to run to the darkest place and find somewhere to hide.”
And Moore said she’s keeping her neighbor in her thoughts and prayers.
“I’m so sorry that this happened to her,” Moore said. “Any time she needs anything, just come to me. I’m here.”
Sheriff Taylor said there is no threat to the community and no charges will be filed, as the man who shot Hair was acting in self defense.
Sheriff Taylor told 7 News crews the number of domestic calls has increased since the Coronavirus pandemic started.