Crime & Courts

Richland County middle schooler had a gun at bus stop, district says.

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Richland County sheriff’s deputies are investigating after several middle school students were involved in a shooting incident, according to a statement from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies were called to the area of Starboard Way and Spindrift Lane to an incident that occurred at about 7:30 a.m. Monday. The incident happened at an apartment complex near a bus stop, according to Maria Yturia of RCSD. Several juveniles, who attend Hand Middle School, were involved. No one was hurt.

The intersection of Starboard Way and Spindrift Lane is off Garners Ferry Road near the ALDI grocery store. The Harbour Landing apartments are at the intersection.

A spokesperson for Richland School District One clarified some details concerning the alleged shooting incident. Karen York of Richland One said a Hand Middle School student was reported to have a gun at a bus stop away from the school campus.

The alleged shooting and gun finding did not occur on school property, RCSD and Richland One emphasized.

When school officials found out about the reported gun, they called in RCSD to investigate, which uncovered the alleged shooting incident.

“Parents have been notified about the incident,” York said.

The school district is unaware of the type of gun reported. York also said she knew nothing about any threats that were made over social media against other students or Hand Middle.

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