CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV)—Neighbors in one quiet community are closely watching their children after police say a man was shot near two West Ashley parks.
Charleston Police arrived on Falkirk Drive Wednesday afternoon and found Joshua Worley, 20, suffering from a gunshot wound to the left side of his face.
The victim's step-father, Harry Grant, says Worley remains in serious condition at MUSC, unable to talk at this time and is not fully conscious. Grant also says doctors will have to remove his left eye.
The shooting happened in the North Forest Acres Subdivision where it is home to many children—especially since St. Andrews Park and Forest Acres Park are just a short distance away.
"It could have been one of our kids," said Mary Middleton who's called the subdivision home for nearly forty years.
Middleton lives a few doors down on the same street police found Joshua Worley suffering from a gunshot wound to the face.
"I'm willing to bet anything that the young man or the person or persons who did the shooting isn't from this neighborhood."
Dillon Davis and his friend were playing tennis when they heard a single, loud gunshot.
"It's not a good thing to happen," said Davis. "We didn't really think anything of it then we all saw the police coming."
Esther Smith is a mother to both a 12 and 3-year-old and often takes her children to St. Andrews Park to the playground.
"It's alarming, you know. And you just want to protect your children and you want what's best for your children so you have to be careful," said Smith. "I got my eye on them 24/7. I don't want anything to happen to them."
Neighbors say Wednesday's shooting proves that you can never be too careful.
"When I come home, my doors are locked. When I got to bed my doors are locked," said Middleton.
On a positive note, neighbors say they do feel safe knowing that they have observed a heavy police presence in their community.
If you have any information on this crime, you're asked to call Crimestoppers at 843-554-1111.
Worley, himself, is no stranger to the law. According to a SLED background check, he has prior drugs and weapons charges.
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