Man shot in face speaks to News 12

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

News 12 at 11, August 12, 2007

AIKEN, SC-- A father and son now out on bond just two days after shooting an Aiken County man in the face and one of his dogs. Carlton Cantrell was shot Thursday night near his home off of Muddy Branch Road. He's out of the hospital and talking with News 12 about what happened.

Carlton Cantrell says it all started because the father and son didn't like his dogs walking in the road. The three men got in an argument and thirty minutes later, the pair were back, but this time with a gun.

"Dog come running out and he took the shotgun and boom shot him like that right in front of me. That's when I shot my pistol to scare him and then he turned the shot gun on me and boom shot me and then they took off." Cantrell says of the experience. He was shot in the face with a shotgun two days ago and he's back at home recovering.

"The bulk is right here, the pellet that went through my skull is right here and i got one that went through my sinus cavity and another in the back of my throat and couple went through the eye." Cantrell says as he points out his wounds.

Aiken County sheriff's investigators say 18-year-old Derrick Moore pulled the trigger, killing the dog and wounding Cantrell. Deputies say he shot from the bed of a truck with his 42-year-old father Walter Moore behind the wheel. Both men are now charged in the case.

"My head is numb and I can't feel nothing up here." But what he does feel he says, is a loss for his dog, Zoe. "We buried him, he was a good dog. He was just protecting us. Guy had no right to shoot him--no right to shoot anybody's dog."

Cantrell says Zoe was one of his more than fifty dogs he keeps on his property and while most of them stay behind a fence, alongside his more than 200 goats, he also admits the dogs are free to run loose when they want too. "I have to have them loose. I've got a lot of dogs, but that's for my protection."

As for the Moore's, Cantrell says he hopes the justice system makes them pay for what they did to Zoe and to him. "They are going to be punished. And if the law don't do something about it, I'll have to take them to civil court because I'm going to pursue it."

Derrick Moore and Walter Moore were released on more than 100-thousand dollar com bind bond earlier Saturday afternoon (August 11).
Both men are facing charges of assault and battery with intent to kill, as well as cruelty to animals.

Two years ago, Cantrell was cited by animal control because more than 170 goats lived in his home, and he lived in his vehicle. Charges were dropped when Cantrell agreed to fix his fence.


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  • by Randy Location: Aiken on Apr 14, 2010 at 01:15 PM
    Are you planning on doing an update to this story? I am curious about what happened to these people and about Mr. Cantrell and his multitude of animals.
  • by Concerned Location: USA on Apr 9, 2010 at 09:04 AM
    It is sad, but why does a man need over 200 goats and over 50 dogs? Not protection. My concern is primarily for the dogs. A dog requires proper care to live a healthy life. I can’t see how Mr. Cantrell can provide that proper level of care for that many dogs. The financial burden alone would be significant. Are we to believe that all of his dogs are vaccinated for rabies? I heard that he claims to administer his own rabies vaccinations. Well, according to Aiken County Animal Services the rabies vaccination must be administered by a licensed veterinarian and the owner must have proof of vaccination for each dog. Does he have that proof? Then there’s any one of the viral, fungal and bacterial infections, diseases and parasites that can infect dogs. With that huge population of dogs, some of them could spread rapidly and be fatal on a large scale. How many dogs have been lost from something that a trip to the vet could have cured or prevented? This is abuse and something needs to be done!
  • by michael Location: macfarlane on Jul 12, 2009 at 10:48 PM
    ewwww thats f****** descusting...must suck to be that freak
  • by Anonymous Location: Not Aiken on Sep 9, 2007 at 01:58 AM
    Based on what I've read so far, Aiken has to be a HORRIBLE and corrupt place to live. Children being shot out and nothing being done about it? Man loses his dog and is shot in the face and many here saying it's deserved? The dad drives his son in the back of his trutk to the guys property with a GUN (a clear sign to cause trouble) and people writing in the comments that the Moores would never harm anyone unless they felt like they were in danger... if that was the case WHYY did they go to the guys property in the first place, shoot his dog, and then him and not STAY home and contact the police or higher authority about it(some say that the police or courts would have done anything about?) Is this place that corrupt? Just stay off his propterty and if his dogs wonder onto your property, capture it and turn it in to animal control if you all have one but, don't kill eachother.
  • by Anonymous Location: thomson on Aug 20, 2007 at 06:10 AM
    just look at cantrell more is going on in that road than the world knows he gets a crazy check but yet still has guns why?they way i see the video they already had words why else would a man ride with a gun in back of a truck or why would a man stand at the road with the gun?and all those animals 1 dog gets shot & 49 still running free
  • by neighbor Location: aiken on Aug 18, 2007 at 08:52 AM
    carlton shot fire at my 5 yr old while coming down the dirt road with his dad on a atv and not far behind him Me and my 2 yr old following behind him. the law was called and judge fallaw refused to sign for a warrent for mr.cantrell. I am glad someone done to him like he does to others. I know the moores personaly and they would have never done anything to hurt anyone if they didn't felt like they were in danger. I want to know what kind of judge doesn't issue a warrent for someone shooting at children and pointing guns at people. Aiken co should have done there job when people was reporting Mr. cantrell as being a dangrous person.
  • by Anonymous Location: Aiken on Aug 17, 2007 at 06:58 PM
    With all the comments posted on this website I would like to know if Aiken County Sheriffs Department has attempted to make any kind of statement concerning this case. I understand it is an on going investigation but some kind of comment would be nice. It would be nice to know where ACSO sees this investigation going. It is plain to see by the video who pulled a gun first. Has any charges been brought against Mr. Cantrell. From the video you see that it was Mr. Cantrell waiting there to start trouble by standing there with a gun in his hand. And what is going to happen with all those poor animals he surely cannot take proper care of all of them. Good Luck to the Moores my prayers are with you.
  • by Anonymous Location: Aiken on Aug 16, 2007 at 07:45 PM
    Thank you News 12 for staying on top of this story. We need more TV stations like you in the community that are dedicated to the truth and not just sensationalism for ratings. I feel that unless this story is kept in the public eye the Moores will get a raw deal.
  • by anonomous Location: aiken on Aug 15, 2007 at 08:34 PM
    First of all...ive known derek for a good many years now..and i know that he would NEVER shoot someone or even pull a gun on anyone unless he felt he was in danger! it is plain as day in the video to see that the man pulled his gun on derek first!! and it seems so weird to me that the one dog derek shot out of the fifty he had was just so special!! im sure he didnt' think anymore of that dog then what he thinks about the other 50 he owns! this man is CRAZY!
  • by Travis Srickland and Trevor Herron Location: Aiken on Aug 15, 2007 at 08:55 AM
    im good friends with derrick moore and i know for a fact that he isnt a trouble maker and wouldnt delibrately try to hurt someone. from what i hear from other people that know the loder man that he is crazy.im on derrick and his dads side all the way
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