2 Lander students injured during home invasion - FOX Carolina 21

2 Lander students injured during home invasion

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Crime scene tape lies outside of the Sandy Lane home after the home invasion. (Jan. 16, 2013/FOX Carolina) Crime scene tape lies outside of the Sandy Lane home after the home invasion. (Jan. 16, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Greenwood police said three men broke into the home of some Lander University students, hitting one victim in the head with a gun and shooting another Wednesday morning.

The home invasion and robbery happened about 2:15 a.m. at the home on Sandy Lane, police said. Officers said they arrived to find one victim standing on the front porch holding a towel to his bleeding head.

The victim told police one of the robbers had hit him three times on the head with a pistol. As they entered the home, police said they found another victim sitting on the floor with a gunshot wound to his torso.

A third victim who was uninjured told police two of them were asleep in a bedroom when they heard a fight in the living room, and when she stepped out to see what was going on, one of the masked men held her at gunpoint and she was forced to lie down on the ground.

She told police that the two other men "violently" went through their belongings and asked, "Where's the money?"

The two injured victims were taken to the hospital. There was no description given of the three men. Police said there was a strong smell of marijuana in the home.

The house is located only a few blocks away from Lander University and because the victims were students, the school issued an alert to students Wednesday morning.

Lander University police reminded, "Members of the university community to always keep doors and windows locked and to report any suspicious behavior."

Anyone with information on the home invasion is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 864-942-8727.

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