Columbia, SC (WLTX) — Richland County deputies say a 13-year-old is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, in connection with a shooting incident last week that involved several local middle school students.
The teen is charged with attempted murder, unlawful carrying of a pistol, unlawful possession of a firearm by a person under 18, first-degree burglary and petty larceny, according to officials with the Richland County Sheriff's Department.
The charges stem from a shooting incident last week involving students who attend Hand Middle School. The initial incident took place on Dec. 3 in the area of Starboard Way and Spindrift Lane.
The teen is accused of shooting at another fellow student. Officials say the teen later boarded the school bus, unarmed. He was removed from the school bus by a Richland County deputy. The incident did not take place on school grounds.
Investigators say the teen had stolen the firearm from a family member after breaking into the family member’s home. The weapon was found by the teen’s mother in her home and turned over to the sheriff’s department.