Tip leads to bus stop arrest of student with loaded gun

Tip leads to bus stop arrest of student with loaded gun

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 15-year-old student was arrested Thursday morning after attempting to get on a school bus with a loaded handgun, according to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.

Around 7:05 a.m., a deputy responded to a bus stop in the area of Pickens and Greenwood streets in Lincolnville in reference to a teen with a gun. Authorities say a CCSD security official received a tip from a concerned citizen who said he had seen the teen with a gun on Wednesday.

When the deputy got to the bus stop he saw a car parked with the teen in the passenger seat and a woman, later identified as the teen's grandmother, in the driver's seat.

The deputy said as he was exiting his car, he saw the teen making "furtive" movements, and had a "deer in the headlights" look.

According to a report, the teen was seen moving his right arm quickly and placing his hand inside the pocket of his hooded sweatshirt.

The deputy reported that the door of the car was partially open, but the teen moved his arm and the door closed. The deputy said he then gave the teen verbal commands to let him see his hands and get out of the car.

The sheriff's office says after the teen got out of the car, the deputy patted him down and felt a gun in the front of the teen's pants.

The deputy said he found a .380 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun on the teen. Deputies say the teen never made it on the school bus with the gun.

A report states that the gun was old and rusted, but appeared to be operable. The sheriff's office says the gun was listed as being stolen out of Beaufort County in December of 2013.

The teen said he found the gun on Wednesday in the ceiling tile of a bathroom at Stall High School.

The grandmother told the deputy that she was the teen's legal custodian, and had no knowledge that he had a gun. Police say that a check revealed that the grandmother was wanted on a check warrant, and she was subsequently arrested and transported to jail by another responding deputy.

The teen was arrested and transported to the juvenile detention center.

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