Lee County Man Attempted Murder of Father-In-Law, Police Say

He's accused of shooting his father-in-law in the shoulder.

A Lee County man has been arrested and is charged with the attempted murder of his father-in-law, according to the Bishopville Police Department.

Joe Lewis Johnson, 55, is charged with attempted murder, weapon law violations and destruction of property. 

Police say they responded to shots fired call at Woodside Apartments on Roland Street at approximately 10:29 p.m. on July 24 to find a man who had been shot inside a vehicle on Roland Street. Police say the man, who had blood on his shoulder and above his eye, identified his son-in-law, Joe Lewis Johnson, as the shooter. The man told police Johnson had shot him with a shotgun while he was in the parking lot, according to police.

A witness told police he saw Johnson leave his apartment with a shot gun behind his back, point it at the victim and then shoot at him.

Police say the man was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Meanwhile, Lee County deputies, who were on scene to assist, attempted to call Johnson out of the apartment where he was believed to be immediately following the shooting. Police say Johnson had entered the apartment but had already fled on foot. Investigators did, however, find the gun Johnson used in the apartment.

Johnson was located the following day at a family member's home, where he was arrested without incident, according to investigators.

Police say the victim is still being related for an injury to his eye, and doctors are hoping to save both the eye and his sight. 

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