Community shaken after teen shot by officer

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Georgianna Mitchell has been caring for her garden for decades. She says planting carrots, collards and cabbage is peaceful. A lot like the Liberty Hill community in North Charleston that she lives in, until yesterday.

"I've been here for 67 years and I've never seen anything like that in this area," said Mitchell.

What she saw was police tape, blue lights and North Charleston police officers moving in and out of a mobile command unit across from the old Amtrak station on Gaynor Avenue.

"I was very confused and very upset to see something like that in my neighborhood," she said.

Next door, Krenston Price was watching basketball around 3 p.m. on Sunday when he says he heard gunshots over the television's volume.

"I immediately jumped up and looked out my window to see where they were coming from," said Price who couldn't pinpoint the area where the shots came from.

Around the time Price heard the shots, calls to 911 about the shooting started to pour in to the Charleston County dispatch center.

"I just heard pow, pow, pow, pow," said one man who lives several blocks away in North Charleston's Ferndale subdivision.

Another caller counted as many as nine people running after she heard the shots go off from the swing in her backyard. Several blocks away and several minutes later on Gaynor Avenue an officer on the way to Ferndale came across two men.

He says when the two men saw his cop car they turned and started heading in the opposite direction. According to an incident report, the officer got out to talk to them and when he caught up to 17-year-old Carlton Pringle he says the teen had a 9mm handgun pointed at him.

But it was the officer who fired his gun several times striking Pringle.

"I was just hoping that nobody got hurt when I heard the gunshots," said Price. "But when you hear gunshots you know something is happening."

Price said over the last few years the community and the police department have been working together in the area. Price said there's a larger police presence moving through the Liberty Hill streets on a weekly basis and a surveillance camera sits high on a light pole on one of the street corners.

Price says he's very happy with the North Charleston police departments response time Sunday and their continued efforts in his community.

But Mitchell says the incident will still be remembered for a long time on her quiet street.

"It's scary," said Mitchell, moving through her garden. "You go to sleep and you wake up and you think 'What's going to happen to me?'"

Pringle was taken to MUSC where he is still listed in serious condition.

The State Law Enforcement Division has been called out to investigate this shooting. The officer involved in this shooting has been placed on administrative duties pending SLED's investigation.

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