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The gunshots that were fired in Ray Knight's direction Friday night were a total surprise to him and shocked the 911 dispatcher he had been speaking with.
Knight, a retired Lancaster police officer, was walking around his daughter's neighborhood on Lynwood Circle when he was shot in the head.
The suspected assailants – Charles Raffaldt, 23, and Stephanie Myers, 21 – had overturned a red Infiniti a few feet away, and Knight was going over to check on them and had just called 911 when he became a shooting victim, authorities said.
Knight was giving the dispatcher information over the phone when multiple shots rang out.
Listen to the 911 call below.
He went from providing assistance to screaming for help in an instant.
A bullet struck Knight in his right eye, went under his nose and lodged on the left side of his face, said his wife, Fran.
Knight has since had his right eye removed, and doctors aren't sure if he will have vision in his left eye again.
He had reconstructive surgery at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte on Monday and may remain hospitalized for several weeks.
"It was senseless that this had to happen," his wife said.
Lancaster County sheriff's deputies say Myers and Raffaldt had just left a home on Lynwood Circle with drugs and several stolen items.
The two started to leave the house when Raffaldt robbed and shot one of the men in the house, sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said.
The man was shot in his buttocks. He was treated at Springs Memorial Hospital and released.
Raffaldt and Myers sped from the scene with marijuana, cocaine, clothing and about $200, Holland said.
Authorities say Raffaldt shot at Ray Knight because he and Myers didn't want anyone to discover that they had just been involved in a shooting and armed robbery.
Fran Knight said her husband had been walking with his granddaughter, who was riding a bicycle. When they saw the wreck, their granddaughter went back to her mother's house, about 100 feet from the wreck scene.
She went to tell family members about the wreck while Ray Knight called 911.
"By the time she finished the sentence, we heard the gunshots," Fran Knight said.
After the gunshots, Myers and Raffaldt got into a white BMW and were taken to a house on Ross Cauthen Road, Holland said.
Raffaldt ordered a man there at gunpoint to drive him and Myers to Kershaw, Holland said. Another woman and her child were in the vehicle. The man refused to go to Kershaw, but took them to the Lancaster Inn instead, Holland said.
After tracking the white BMW, authorities found Myers and Raffaldt at the motel. They were arrested around 1 a.m. Saturday.
Deputies found four handguns, all of which they say were stolen. They were a .45-caliber pistol, a .40-caliber pistol, a .41-caliber pistol and a .357 revolver.
Myers and Raffaldt are being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center. Bond has been denied for them.
List of charges
Charles Raffaldt, 23, and Stephanie Myers, 21, are each charged with the following:
- First-degree burglary
- Armed robbery
- Assault and battery with intent to kill
- Assault with intent to kill
- Kidnapping (three counts)
- Possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime
- Possession of stolen pistols
- Possession with intent to distribute marijuana
Raffaldt has also been charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a pistol by a prohibited person (four counts)
Contact reporter Jesef Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or (803) 283-1152