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911 calls released in Socastee High School shooting

A school resource officer at Socastee High School was injured during a shooting this afternoon at the school, and the juvenile suspect is in custody, according to Sgt. Robert Kegler with Horry County Police. Photo by Steve Jessmore sjessmore@thesunnews.com
A school resource officer at Socastee High School was injured during a shooting this afternoon at the school, and the juvenile suspect is in custody, according to Sgt. Robert Kegler with Horry County Police. Photo by Steve Jessmore sjessmore@thesunnews.com The Sun News

While a 14-year-old Socastee High School student will return to court Tuesday for a detention hearing before a Family Court judge, authorities today released 911 calls made about the incident.

Click video player below to listen to the call.

The teen has been held at the state Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia since he was taken into custody after the Sept. 21 incident. He faces charges of attempted murder; possession, threatened or attempted use of weapon of mass destruction for act of terrorism; and possession of a destructive device.

The charges stem from the teen shooting at a police officer at the school and taking two pipe bombs into the school.

The initial call to 911 was made by an office staff member at the school about 2 p.m. Sept. 21.

“I think we just had a gunshot in the school,” the woman tells a dispatcher.

“You had a gunshot in the school?” the dispatcher said.

“Yes ma’am. Officer Karney is here, but we need additional help,” the woman said. “We do need police backup. The student was with our SRO so he’s tied up.”

Dispatchers are heard on the tape notifying county police, fire and EMS to respond to the school.

After police arrive at the school, they begin to notify their supervisors, who called for county bomb and SWAT teams to respond to the school. Authorities can be heard on the tape closing S.C. 707 in front of the school and evacuating students to the school’s football stadium.

“We had a shooting at Socastee High School. He from my understanding shot at the school resource officer, did not hit him. He’s 10-4 and saying he has bombs in his backpack that are looked away in the office at this time,” one officer is heard on the tape telling his supervisor.

The teen’s Tuesday court appearance is standard because cases of juveniles being held pending their trials must be routinely reviewed to see if they still require detention, Assistant Solicitor Alicia Richardson said. The teen last appeared in court on Sept. 24 and agreed to be detained until Tuesday’s hearing.

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