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South Carolina woman was shot in the chest by a bullet fired by neighbor who was shooting targets in his backyard while drunk, arrested and charged

According to the authorities, a neighbor who was under the influence of alcohol and shooting at targets in his backyard fatally shot a woman who was standing in her South Carolina house and gazing out the kitchen window.

Kesha Luwan According to a statement released by the Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler, Lucille Tate, 42, was struck by a bullet to the chest when she went to a window in her Gaffney home to see what was going on after hearing multiple gunshots around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tate was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to members of her family who spoke to various news sources, she passed away in the comfort of her own house with her children there but unharmed.

Cherokee County deputies reported that many hours later, Nicholas Skylar Lucas, 30, was charged with involuntary manslaughter in addition to shooting while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. On Tuesday, he was still being held in custody, and the court documents did not indicate whether or whether he had a counsel.

According to members of Tate’s family, she spent months fretting about the possibility of shooting occurring in the neighborhood. According to what they stated, Lucas resided behind Tate in a community of perhaps 30 homes that were crowded very close together.

“It is mind-blowing that a person thinks it is okay to target practice or discharge a gun within close proximity to so many other homes in a neighborhood,” said Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller. “It is mind-blowing that a person thinks it is alright to discharge a gun within close proximity to so many other homes in a neighborhood.”

In the event that Lucas is found guilty, the involuntary manslaughter charge could land him in prison for up to five years, and the misdemeanor shooting under the influence accusation could land him in jail for up to two years.

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