Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Columbia police have arrested a juvenile in connection with an afternoon shooting in the North Main street/Monticello road area of Columbia.
The 16-year-old male is being charged with attempted murder, burglary first degree and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime according to Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott.
The teen was arrested shortly after the shooting at Hyatt Park Elementary school on Lorick Avenue. School there is not in session. A handgun recovered at the scene has been submitted as possible evidence.
The juvenile was allegedly seen by witnesses running in that area with a handgun according to police.
Witnesses called 911 and officers in the area respondly quickly, the teen allegedly did not stop for repeated, verbal police commands according to police reports.
It is believed that the teen originally ran from a home at the 1300 block of Mt. Vernon street around 4pm after getting into a verbal and possibly physical altercation with the male victim and a second suspect.
The two suspects are accused of forcing their way inside the residence and shooting the victim in the head area according to Jennifer Timmons with the Columbia Police department.
The victim, reportedly, did not have any clothes on and ran after the suspects when they tried to leave the area on foot.
A motive for the shooting is still being investigated and the victim was transported to a local hospital where at last check he was still being treated for his injury, according to Columbia police.
The teen was transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
If you have any information about this crime, Chief Scott encourages citizens to call 1-888-Crime-SC.