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SLED agents question middle school students in connection to deputy's shooting

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Agents with the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division questioned middle school students on Wednesday in connection to the shooting of Berkeley County Sheriff's Lt. Will Rogers. 

Two agents spoke to two students at Sedgefield Middle School in Goose Creek as part of an investigation, according to Berkeley County School District spokesman Chip Sturgis.

SLED officials say the agents spoke to the students in reference to Rogers' shooting. 

Thom Berry with SLED said agents have been questioning a lot of young people in connection to the shooting.  

Berry said authorities have taken DNA swabs from some of the young people they've questioned, but did not know if agents took DNA from the kids at Sedgefield Middle on Wednesday.

Berry said SLED had received permission from every parent or guardian before questioning kids or taking DNA.

Earlier this week, BCSO officials announced a reward of $11,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the man who shot Rogers.

Rogers' daughter, Jamie Rogers Wyatt, spoke on behalf of the family, thanking the law enforcement community, the media and the public for support they have received since the shooting.

Wyatt called for the shooter to "do the right thing" by turning himself in. She also asked anyone who might know anything about the incident to call the number the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office set up, (843) 719-4424, and share the information they have.

On Monday, Berkeley County Sheriff's Office spokesman Michael Mulè said Rogers was in critical but stable condition. Rogers had been taken off a ventilator, according to a spokesperson from MUSC. Officials say he is talking and is recognizing family members.

Deputies continue to search for a person of interest they want to question in the shooting, described as a black male in his 20s, 5'10" to 5'11" tall, weighing between 150 to 170 pounds and having a reddish tint in his hair towards the forehead area.

The shooting happened Thursday at around 10:30 p.m. at a gas station on Highway 52 at Cypress Gardens Road in Moncks Corner. 

Investigators say as Rogers was talking to a customer in the parking lot, a masked gunman came around a corner and shot Rogers from behind.

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