GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A man has been arrested after deputies said he shot into a Greenville County home and vandalized another one.
According to those who live there, Echo Valley Drive in Taylors tends to be a pretty quiet street, with only the sounds you’d expect in your average neighborhood.
“You hear people mowing their lawns,” Lois Parker said. “I generally can hear garage doors going up and down.”
However, early Tuesday morning, some folks heard something they’re not used to.
“I woke up around 4:30 and I thought I had dreamt it, but I just remember hearing two ‘pop pops’ right away,” Joel Nulph said. “I shot up and was like, ‘What was that?'”
Deputies told 7 News a home was shot into.
“I can’t imagine, in a regular, working-class neighborhood, why anybody would want to come through, shooting,” Parker said.
Luckily, no one was hurt.
“My son was sleeping upstairs, so if it had been my house, it would’ve gone very differently,” Nulph said. “I’d be firing back.”
Not long after the shooting, a homeowner on nearby Still Hollow Lane called police about a man beating on his door.
The homeowner’s doorbell camera caught some pretty clear images of the man.
“In this day and age, it seems like you’d kind of expect that there are cameras everywhere,” Parker said.
Deputies responded, set up a perimeter, and found the suspect–later identified as 29-year-old Demarius Davis.
Davis has been charged with discharging a firearm into a dwelling, unlawful carrying of a pistol, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, malicious injury to personal property, and trafficking cocaine.
Investigators said Davis was involved in drug-related activity at a location not far from the neighborhood where the crimes occurred.
They said he shot into one home, then used the gun to break a window on another home.
Deputies told 7 News the impacted homeowners were innocent bystanders to his actions and were not involved in his drug-related activity.
In the meantime, those who live nearby said they’ll be watching for any more suspicious activity.
“Neighbors are really attentive to strange vehicles and we report everything that’s going by, so we’re keeping a close eye on everything. You don’t get away with much here,” Nulph said. “I’ll probably step up my security and buy some more ammo.”
“Hopefully, it’s not something that will happen again,” Parker added.
Davis is being held at the Greenville County Detention Center.