Teen pleads guilty to shooting woman during ATM robbery

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A teen accused of shooting a woman three times during a 2011 robbery at an ATM machine was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty in court Monday.

Paris Austin, 17, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and attempted armed robbery. conspiracy; possession of a firearm by a minor; and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Austin was one of three teens arrested in March of 2011 by the North Charleston Police Department for the January robbery and shooting that took place at an ATM at SC Federal Credit Union.

Investigators also arrested 17-year-old Denzel Simmons and 18-year-old Floyd Woods III.

Their court cases are pending.

North Charleston Police say a woman was robbed at the ATM at 1:15 a.m. on Jan. 12. The victim told police she pulled up to the drive up ATM at the SC Federal Credit Union when she was approached by two black male suspects.

The victim said that one suspect ran up to her vehicle with a silver handgun and began to shoot at her. She told police that the suspect shot her "point blank" approximately three times.

The victim drove off towards Rivers Avenue and stopped in the parking lot at 3700 Rivers Avenue where police were called. The victim was transported to the hospital with gun shot wounds and was in intensive care after the shooting.

Austin was charged with attempted murder, attempted armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a pistol by a person under 18. Simmons and Woods were charged with attempted murder and attempted armed robbery.

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