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Teen in weekend carjacking to remain in state custody

The 14-year-old boy charged with carjacking and shooting a Conway woman will remain in state custody for at least 10 more days, according to authorities.

The boy appeared before a Family Court Judge in Conway on Tuesday and through his attorney admitted there was enough probably cause to hold him for 10 more days, said Caroline Fox, assistant solicitor with the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Tuesday’s hearing is routine for juveniles because they must appear for a detention hearing within 48 hours after being detained by authorities, excluding weekends.

The teen will return to court on June 25 for another hearing to his detention status and has up to 30 days for another hearing, Fox said.

The teen faces charges of attempted murder and carjacking with great bodily injury in the incident, which occurred about 10:30 p.m. Saturday in Conway, Fox said. If convicted the boy could be held until his 21st birthday. More charges could be filed in the case.

Conway police continued to investigate the incident, said Catina Hipp, department spokeswoman.

A Conway woman, who was shot in the back of the head, is recovering from the injury at a Wilmington, N.C., hospital, according to authorities. Her condition was not available on Tuesday.

Conway police said officers were called to a home on Lakeside Drive about 10:30 p.m. Saturday and found the woman bleeding profusely and holding a rag to her head. She told the officers she was at the Sav-Way gas station and a young man asked her for a ride.

She agreed and they left the store, but while she was following his directions to his destination, the police report says, the boy began making advances on the woman and pulled out a handgun.

The woman said she tried to run the car into a ditch and then into a tree in an attempt to distract him so she could get away, but he fired a shot that hit her in the right side of her head.

She jumped from the car and ran to a nearby home and beat on the door. The homeowners helped her and called 911.

The woman was taken to Conway Medical Center for treatment and later airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for further treatment.

The police department said that just before 1 a.m. Sunday, officers saw the woman's car being driven by a young man on Ninth Avenue. They tried to pull the car over, but the driver wrecked at the dead end on Sixth Avenue and the driver ran toward Nelson Street.

Officers caught up and the boy was taken to the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice Center in Columbia where he remains until his hearing later this month.