Marine shot in Port Royal home invasion, family creates ‘go fund me’ for help

A Lowcountry home invasion severely injured a Marine, who is now recovering and thankful to be alive. His family says two men crashed through his Port Royal apartment door, shooting him, and now the family is hoping for some help with his recovery.

A Marine, no longer on active duty, Walter Haney was shot and injured while fending-off two men, according to his girlfriend and mother of his 2-year-old son, Sara Hurtt.

It was a situation Hurtt flashes-back to, a scene she never fathomed she would experience. It happened on Monday, October 5, a week ago. At about 10 p.m., Hurtt heard several knocks on the August on Southside apartment door. Then, she says Haney answered and got into an altercation with two black men wearing all black clothing. She heard gunshots.

“That was probably the scariest part, you know, after I heard the gun shots, and then it got quiet for a couple seconds and I didn’t know if they were going to come through the rest of the house,” she says. “The door crashed in. They fought. You know, he fought to keep them from coming into the house and then he was shot and they took off.”

“He was laying on the floor in front of the door on his side. I stayed [in the back of the house] until I could see the police lights from my son’s window, and at that point I opened the door and went,” she says. “You know, as much as I wanted to go help Walter, I knew that I needed to stay back there with our son.”

She is still recovering emotionally, as Haney recovers from wounds to his chest and abdomen at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Hurtt’s only explanation for the home invasion is that the men who forced themselves through the door were there to steal money or possessions.

Port Royal Police are searching for the suspects. Hurtt has been at Haney’s side for a week now, telling him how proud she is of his attempt to fight-off the intruders, “how thankful I am for him…how much we love him, how much his son loves him…and that’s been hard because he misses him and it’s going to be a while before they’re able to play you know, how they were before.”

She worries over his medical costs, around a half million dollars in all to pay. A family friend has set up a Go Fund Me account to help.

“She set the page up for anyone who wanted to help us, to make any sort of donation…and it would be greatly, greatly appreciated, even just to share the page, just to get the story out, for the prayers,” Hurtt says.

If you would like to donate, you can view the page here.

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