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14-year-old Conway boy will be tried as an adult in shooting, carjacking

A 14-year-old boy is being charged as an adult on charges he shot a Conway woman in the head, according to Caroline Fox, assistant solicitor with the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

During a hearing on Tuesday, Family Court Judge Wylie Caldwell granted a waiver by prosecutors for Zireek Brooks, who will be 15 next month, to move his case to circuit court, Fox said. The move allows prosecutors to charge Brooks as an adult.

Brooks faces charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, carjacking and armed robbery in the June 12 shooting of Danielle Delpercio, Fox said. The charges are a Class A felonies and each carry up to 30 years in prison, she said.

Brooks has been in the custody of the state Department of Juvenile Justice since the incident.

Conway police said officers were called to a home on Lakeside Drive June 12. They found a woman holding a rag to her head and bleeding profusely.

Danielle Delpercio told the officers she was at the Sav-Way gas station and a young man asked her for a ride.

Delpercio agreed, and they left the store. While she was following directions to his destination, the police report says, the teen began making sexual advances on the woman before pulling out a handgun.

Delpercio told police 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.

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

Delpercio was taken to Conway Medical Center for treatment and later flown to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for further treatment.

The bullet remains lodged in Delpercio’s neck and Fox said “doctors say it was a miracle she did not die.”

The police department said that just before 1 a.m. June 13, 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 and ran toward Nelson Street.Officers caught up and took the teen into custody.