Fort Mill shooting victim still recovering

Toya Graham and Jenny OvermanSeptember 9, 2008 

Ted Coit

A local man is still recovering from a gunshot wound he suffered in an attack near his Whiteville Park home last week.

Jacob Broom, 21, underwent surgery last Thursday and has had a difficult time recovering from the operation, his mother, Shirley Broom, said Monday. Jacob Broom is in intensive care, she said, but slowly improving.

Fort Mill police arrested another local man, Ted Lester Coit, 24, of 101 Steele St., last week, and charged him with assault and battery with intent to kill, attempted armed robbery and possession of a firearm during a violent crime in connection to the Tuesday, Sept. 2, shooting, Capt. Bryan Zachary of the Fort Mill Police Department said.

Coit also is charged with burglary, second degree, and breaking and entering a motor vehicle in an unrelated case that happened around 7:45 p.m. Monday, Zachary said.

According to a report, Broom was walking near his home when a man approached him from behind, demanded money and then shot him. Broom returned to his house, where he was found lying on the porch with a gunshot wound to his upper left chest, Zachary said. He was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Shirley Broom and her husband both grew up in Fort Mill and have lived in Whiteville Park for more than 25 years. This isn't the first time they've been concerned about safety in the neighborhood, she said. Five years ago, her husband's car was stolen.

She said she's thankful to the friends and neighbors who've offered support to the family since the shooting.

"We are just so overwhelmed by the love and support, the calls we've gotten," Broom said. "From the mayor to his first grade teacher, just people from all over."

After a brief foot chase, Coit was caught around 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3, Zachary said.

Coit was previously arrested and charged in 2006 with assault with intent to kill and related charges in incidents that occurred in the McKendry and Ardrey Acres subdivisions, Zachary said. He was found not guilty on those charges.

If convicted, Coit could face up to a 40-year sentence. Coit was denied bond at a hearing last week and is in custody at Moss Justice Center. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Zachary cautions residents against walking alone late in the evening, in any neighborhood.

"This was unusual for there but no area is immune, and this is a good example of that," Zachary said.

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