Socastee HS shooting suspect will stay in state custody

Police cars outside Socastee High School Tuesday after a student was taken into custody for firing a shot at a school resource officer.

(Updated 12:53pm) The Socastee High School student accused of firing a shot at a school resource officer Tuesday will stay at the Department of Juvenile Justice for the next ten days.

The student had a serious expression as he sat in a Conway courtroom Friday afternoon, with his parents and other family members behind him. The student did not interact with his family in the courtroom and did not speak during the brief hearing, which lasted only a few minutes.

The student, whose name is not being released because of his age, is scheduled to have another hearing October 5th.

Police say Tuesday afternoon the 14-year-old walked into the office of School Resource Officer Erik Karney, armed with a gun and two pipe bombs in his backpack. Police say the student pulled out a gun in the office and fired one shot which went through the door of the office, missing Ofc. Karney by just inches. Karney was able to restrain and handcuff the student, despite being injured by shrapnel. He was taken to a hospital for treatment and was released the same day. The pipe bombs were disposed of by members of SLED, Horry County and Myrtle Beach bomb squads.

The teen will likely face charges of attempted murder, possession of bomb making materials, and a terrorism related charge. 15th Circuit Solicitor Greg Hembree still plans to file a motion to waive the student up to adult court, but that did not happen Friday.

Coming up tonight on NewsChannel 15 at 6, you'll hear from attorneys on both sides of the case.

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