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Homeowner shot in his car after driving up on burglar


     A Tabor City area man apparently interrupting a break-in at his home was shot Friday afternoon.

     Montgomery Lowery, 31, was shot in the right arm during the confrontation at about 2:45 p.m. on Dothan Road, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michelle Tatum said in a news release. He was taken to a South Carolina hospital for treatment of his injury.

     Lowery told deputies that his front door was open when he returned to his home, and that a “young, slender, black male, dressed in all black, wearing a blue bandana on his face” walked out of the home with a gun.

     The man approached Lowery, still sitting in his vehicle, and attempted to get in. As Lowery tried to drive away, the burglar fired a single shot, hitting Lowery in the arm, before turning and fleeing on foot.

     A K-9 unit and helicopter from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Columbus County deputies searching the gunman, but were not successful in the search, Tatum said.

     Anyone with information on the incident or the identity of the gunman is asked to contact the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit at 910-640-6629.

     Updates on this story will be posted here as events warrant. See the full story in the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.