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17-year-old charged in Swansea shooting

Deputies have charged a 17-year-old male in connection with a weekend shooting in Swansea.

The accused shooter, whose name will not be released because he’s under the age of 18, is charged with 2 counts of attempted murder, armed robbery, discharging a firearm into a vehicle, unlawful possession of a pistol and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants.

“The 17-year-old and a co-defendant we’re still working to identify and locate arranged to sell a handgun Friday night,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “The shooting happened after the co-defendants took the money from the would-be buyers.”

The underage suspect turned himself in at the Sheriff’s Department Sunday, according to Koon. 

He’s being held in the Lexington County Detention Center after a magistrate judge denied him bond.

“This case brings to mind the importance of safety when it comes to completing a sale arranged online,” Koon said. “Meeting people you don’t know in a location that’s not well-lighted can be dangerous. Meeting buyers or sellers in a law enforcement facility parking lot is always going to provide a layer of security.”

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