Hearing begins for teen accused in Socastee High shooting

Socastee HS Recource Officer Erik Karney takes the stand in the trial of a teen accused of shooting at Karney last September during school.

Hearing begins for teen accused in Socastee High shooting

"I intended to die today."

That's what a Socastee teenager told police after he was arrested for shooting at a school resource officer last September.

A hearing was held Monday to decide whether the 15-year-old will be tried as an adult.

The teenager charged with shooting at School Resource Officer Erik Karney did not take the stand, but prosecutors played a recording of an interview he gave police minutes after the shooting.

A detective testified that the teenager appeared eerily calm after the incident and showed no remorse.

The teen is accused of firing a shot that missed Karney by inches and bringing two homemade pipe bombs to school in his book bag.

During the interview with police, the teenager told detectives he had originally planned to do something bigger in a couple of years , possibly bringing a Tech-9 automatic weapon to school and a shotgun, with more pipe bombs and then shoot "anybody that ever made fun of me."

But then one night last September, he got into an argument with his father and decided to move up his plan, he said.

Officer Karney talked about how he came into work that morning and the clerk told him there was a student waiting to talk with him. Karney said he went into his office and invited the boy in. Karney said the boy told Karney he wanted to show him something and pulled out a gun and pointed it at him. Karney said he told the boy that's now how you should be holding a gun, pointing it at someone. Karney said the boy asked him to see Karney's gun, that's when Karney realized the boy intended to shoot him. Karney says he tackled him, the gun went off, a bullet passed his ear and hit the door frame.

Assistant Solicitor Alicia Richardson asked Karney what was going through his head at that moment. He responded, "I just knew for that moment that I'm not gonna die this day, I'm not gonna die. And when I thought that, I just did it. I just dove and it's only by the grace of God that bullet didn't hit me."

EMS took Karney to Conway Regional Medical Center for treatment of burns on the side of his face from the bullet going passed him.

After a few days off, Karney returned to work and saw the bullet hole in the door frame. "I realized there was somebody else looking out for me, at that time," Karney said.

Karney said your fight or flight instincts kick in. He said the boy had plenty of time to shoot him. "It's only by the grace of God that bullet didn't hit me."

"A lot of people call me a hero. I don't feel that. I feel lucky," Karney said.

During the teenager's interview with police, he said that he had been spit on and punched all his life and he wanted to get back at those who bullied him.

But now that his plan for shooting at those who had taunted him had failed, he would cooperate with police and get his life back together.

Defense attorney Russell Long is trying to show that the boy had been bullied all his life. Long will try to convince the judge that the case should not be moved to adult court.

Testimony will continue Tuesday. We'll bring you updates from the courtroom.

NewsChannel 15 and have not named the teenager because he is now charged as a juvenile.