Bond denied for teenager accused of shooting father in Ladson

Deputies working the scene - Source Live 5 News
Deputies working the scene - Source Live 5 News
Authorities investigating crime scene - Source - Live 5 News
Authorities investigating crime scene - Source - Live 5 News
Keith Randal Spencer (Source: BCSO)
Keith Randal Spencer (Source: BCSO)
Deputies responding to the scene - Source - Live 5 News
Deputies responding to the scene - Source - Live 5 News

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Bond was denied for a 16-year-old boy accused of shooting his father in Ladson.

Keith Randell Spencer was in court Thursday night facing charges of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Investigators with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office say Spencer shot his father at a home at the Red Palmetto Trailer Park on 1029 Royle Rd. on Wednesday.

Sheriff Duane Lewis said Spencer fled the home following the shooting.

When deputies arrived at the home they reported finding Spencer's father on the front porch with a gunshot wound to the left abdomen.

Court records released on Thursday state Spencer and his father had an argument, after which Spencer went to his bedroom and got a semi-automatic pistol.

According to authorities, Spencer, in view of another family member, shot his father in the abdomen, severely injuring him.

Spencer ran up to the porch, pointed the gun and shot him after an argument, a sheriff's office report stated.

The report also cites a statement from the mother who said that Spencer came home from school and was talking about going to rob someone.

She stated that she was in the home when Spencer ran inside, went to the bedroom then ran back out.

At that time, the mother heard the gunshot, according to authorities.

The sheriff's office considered Spencer armed and dangerous during their search for him.

SLED and a helicopter were called in to assist during the search.

According to Lewis, Spencer was going to be taken to the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.

The father was transported to Trident Medical Center where Lewis said he underwent surgery.

"Family needs to start putting family first," said one neighbor who wanted to remain anonymous."For everything and anything. Tomorrow's not promised for anybody."

Authorities received a call about the incident around 4:48 p.m.

Lewis said there were people who witnessed the shooting, and they would be interviewed to learn more of what transpired.

Residents reported that units with EMS and the fire department also responded to the scene.

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