Deputies look for clues in shooting of Vietnam veteran, 69

Veteran tells detectives about Rock Hill shooting

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Investigators from the York County Sheriff's Office are still trying to piece together what happened when a 69-year old disabled Vietnam vet was shot in his Rock Hill home on Saturday.

Wayne Whiteside is clinging to life at Carolinas Medical Center where he was airlifted after the shooting. Authorities say he has been able to talk briefly with detectives.

"Wasn't much information, but we were able to speak to him. So we are trying to figure out what he saw from his perspective and figure out exactly what happened," said Trent Faris, a spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office.

It was sometime before dawn on Saturday morning when deputies were called to Whiteside's small, well-kept house on Gentry Lane.

Whiteside is a Marine who served two tours in Vietnam and was fighting post-traumatic stress.

He was also struggling with the death of his wife.

Family members said someone cut the power to the house before going in and shooting Whiteside during what they believe was an apparent robbery attempt.

It is not known if anything was taken and police have not put out any sort of description of any suspects or a vehicle.

Whiteside's sister, Elaine Hollis said, "Whoever did this, we want them caught and we want them to answer for this, because he didn't ask for them to come in and do this."


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