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The Latest: Doctor says shooting suspect shouldn’t be out

February 15, 2018

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on a hearing for a teen accused in a school shooting (all times local):

5:40 p.m.

A neuropsychologist says a teen charged with killing his father before going to a South Carolina school and fatally shooting a first-grader shouldn’t be released.

Dr. Mark Wagner of the Medical University of South Carolina testified at a hearing on Thursday to determine whether the teen should be tried as an adult or a juvenile. Wagner told the court the rehabilitation is “not likely going to be successful.

Wagner said the teen told him if “he doesn’t get fixed, he might do it again.”

Authorities said the teen shot his father three times, then drove his truck to Townville Elementary School in September 2016 and opened fire.

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1:05 p.m.

A sheriff’s detective says a teen charged with fatally shooting his father before going to a South Carolina school and killing a first-grader and injuring two other people searched the internet for information on school shootings.

Anderson County Detective McKindra Bibb examined the teen’s cellphone and testified Thursday that the suspect searched for “youngest mass murderer” among other topics before the September 2016 shooting at Townville Elementary School. The boy had just turned 14 at the time.

A judge is considering whether the teen should stand trial as an adult or a juvenile.

Authorities said on the day of the shootings, the teen shot his father three times as he sat on the sofa, then took his keys and drove his pickup truck to Townville Elementary School and opened fire on students on the playground. Six-year-old Jacob Hall was shot in the leg and later died. A teacher was wounded in the shoulder and another student was hurt, but both survived.

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