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South Carolina teens charged in string of crimes

May 12, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Several South Carolina teenagers face charges including attempted murder in a string of recent crimes.

The State newspaper reports that the crimes include an armed robbery, shots fired at a home and vehicle break-ins in Columbia. The names of the teens weren’t released because of their age.

Two 14-year-olds approached another teen and a 9-year-old child and one of them tried to hold them up with a gun, police said. The two 14-year-olds shot at the victims when they fled, police said.

One of the teens was charged with armed robbery and both were charged with attempted murder and weapon possession.

Police say about an hour later one of the 14-year-olds and a 16-year-old fired at a home where a woman was inside with a 12-year-old child and a 2-year-old child. No one was injured, but the home was damaged, according to a police report.

Both teens were charged with four counts of attempted murder.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department says the teens were also involved in 47 vehicle break-ins around 3 a.m. Thursday. A 17-year-old was also charged in those break-ins along with the other three teens.

The 16-year-old and one of the 14-year-olds also face charges of conspiracy and credit card theft stemming from the break-ins.