LANCASTER COUNTY, SC (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – A student who brought a loaded gun to Erwin Primary School in Lancaster County on Tuesday picked up the gun in his team basketball coach’s car travel, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
MPs said the mother of a 10-year-old fourth-grader received a phone call from her son’s basketball coach telling her her child may be in possession of a pistol on Tuesday morning and s ‘was immediately returned to the school to inform the principal.
The student was removed from the classroom and a loaded semi-automatic pistol was found in his front belt. Officials said the gun was taken and secured by the school’s resource officer.
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation and found the child was playing for a basketball travel team that was practicing at the Buford Recreation Center. One of the child’s trainers, Isaac Lamon Adams, 36, had the gun in his car.
The child allegedly saw the gun in Adams’ car.
On Monday evening, lawmakers said the child was allowed into the car unattended and took the gun. Adams realized the gun was missing and immediately called the child’s mother.
The LCSO said Adams was prohibited from owning a firearm because of his criminal history. He had also placed the gun in an illegal location in the car.
Adams was charged with carrying a pistol and possessing a pistol by a person convicted of a felony of violence.
“Fortunately, nothing bad happened with this gun at Erwin Elementary,” Sheriff Barry Faile said. “A loaded gun in the possession of a ten-year-old in a school full of students and staff is a really dangerous scenario. I applaud this child’s mother, school administrators and our ORS for immediately mobilizing to find the gun and make sure everyone was safe. Mr. Adams should not have been in possession of this pistol and certainly should not have left it accessible to this child.
A complaint has also been filed against the child alleging that he is an offender for having committed the offenses of carrying a pistol, possession of a pistol by a person under the age of 18 and possession of a firearm on the property. from school.
Lancaster County School Safety and Transportation Director Bryan Vaughn said the child would be recommended for deportation and returned to juvenile court.
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