Police: 2 West Ashley High School students charged with attempted murder

Police: 2 West Ashley High School students charged with attempted murder
Justin Carroll (Source: CCSO)
Justin Carroll (Source: CCSO)
Jaelen Heyward (Source: CCSO)
Jaelen Heyward (Source: CCSO)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston police charged two West Ashley High School students with multiple counts of attempted murder in a shooting incident Wednesday in a parking lot.

Justin Carroll and Jaelen Heyward, both 17, are being charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and five counts each of attempted murder, Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis said.

They were both denied bond on Thursday.

Investigators say the shooting was sparked by a fight earlier in the day at West Ashley High School that involved Heyward.

The Charleston County School District released a statement Thursday afternoon on the arrests:

West Ashley High School and Charleston County School District administrators have been working since last night to ensure the well being of students and increase security measures following the arrest of multiple students for their alleged involvement in an altercation involving a shooting at the Bees Landing Recreation Center last night.

Extra law enforcement and security officers were present at the high school this morning.  The Charleston Police Department will continue to provide an enhanced presence on the campus during the day as a precaution. We are not aware of any direct threats to the safety of the campus.

Our district is offering support to those affected by this incident and will support the investigation by the Charleston Police Department.

Officers responded to reported shots fired at Bees Landing Recreation Complex on Ashley Gardens Boulevard at 7:30 p.m.

According to police, the five kids had just finished playing basketball and returned to their car.

Police say as they backed up the car, Carroll and Heyward pulled up in Heyward's car and started shooting.

Investigators say one of the shots struck a rear tire and that the occupants were not hit.

Police say the suspects then left the scene at a high rate of speed.

Police say a witness provided a description and license plate number of the vehicle that sped away from the scene of the incident after the shooting. The witness told police five juveniles were in the vehicle.

Police say the vehicle was later found on Corral Drive with the two suspects inside.

Investigators say two shell casings were found in the vehicle that matched to ten other casings found at the scene of the shooting.

During Carroll's bond hearing Thursday afternoon, a relative of one of the victims told the judge Carroll has been to his house before.

"For all intensive purposes, I've always thought him as being a straight up kind of person, but obviously this is very bad influences, so I'm very disappointed," he said.

The incident remains under investigation.

Carroll and Heyward are currently being held in Al Cannon Detention Center.

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