ROCK HILL Sarah Carr missed 36 phone calls and text messages from her husband Saturday morning as he bled on a floor in Rock Hill and she prepared to attend a friends graduation ceremony more than 900 miles away in New Hampshire.
Finally, she managed to check one voicemail. She could barely understand the words her husband, Jeffrey Buzzell, spoke but she did make out that something really bad is happening.
Then, the phone disconnected.
Terrified, Carr kept calling until nearly two hours later when a voice answered on the other line. It was the police.
The cops told me what had happened, she said.
Police say Buzzell, 38, was sleeping on the couch of his North Stonewall Street home when his roommate, David Makin, used a .22 caliber pistol to shoot him about 7:15 a.m. Saturday.
Then Makin and another man, Darius Young, 22, dropped him off at the hospital before returning to the house, stuffing Buzzells bloody clothes in trash bags and using bleach to wash down the crime scene, according to a Rock Hill police report.
At about 8:30 a.m., police were sent to Piedmont Medical Center after receiving calls about a gunshot victim in the emergency room, according to a Rock Hill police report. When police arrived, they found Buzzell suffering from several gunshot wounds on the left side of his body.
Buzzell told officers that Makin, 39, shot him while he was asleep. He also said he declined to be part of an armed robbery plot Makin devised a night earlier.
Once he was shot, Buzzell rolled off the couch, the police report states.
The first one got him in the arm and chest, Carr said. That made him jump up.
Carr said her husband jumped at Makin in an attempt to grab the gun from his assailant. Thats when Makin fired another bullet, and Buzzell hit the floor.
For the next 45 minutes, Buzzell would be in and out of consciousness, the police report states, before Makin and Young drove him to Piedmont Medical Center.
Makin and Buzzell met years ago in New Hampshire, Carr said. Theyve always been bros. Theres never been an issue.
The two bros lost touch several years ago until recently when Buzzell moved to Rock Hill to find a job. His wife was scheduled to join him soon.
Hes trying to make a better life for us, Carr said.
The U.S. Marshals Task Force in April issued a fugitive warrant for Buzzell for a parole violation. Carr said Buzzell fell behind on restitution payments for charges from several years ago and is working to get back on track.
He came here to work, she said. Hes trying to straighten himself out.
While speaking with police, Buzzell told them about his outstanding warrant, Carr said.
Police learned that Buzzell was wanted out of New Hampshire, but initial paperwork showed that New Hampshire authorities would not extradite him, said Rock Hill Police Executive Officer Mark Bollinger.
Bollinger said officers will double check to see if the U.S. Marshals will pick up Buzzell once he recovers.
About 10 minutes after speaking with Buzzell Saturday, officers went to the house he shared with Makin and found Makin in the backyard carrying a white trash bag and concealing a .22 caliber pistol in his left back pocket, the report states. They also found Young as he rounded a corner in the yard.
Carr said her husband doesnt recall Young being nearby when he was shot.
When police searched the house, they smelled a strong odor of bleach coming from the bedroom and saw blood on the floor, the report states. Police found a bottle of bleach, a black T shirt, bloody jean shorts and bloody socks in several trash bags sitting on the back seat of a burgundy Oldsmobile parked in the driveway.
Police charged Makin with attempted murder, possession of a firearm during a violent crime and criminal conspiracy. Young faces charges for accessory after the fact and criminal conspiracy. Court records show that neither Makin nor Young has a criminal history in York County, aside from traffic violations.
Details of the planned armed robbery were not available. Buzzell, who is in good condition and expected to survive, declined to comment.
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