Wednesday, November 13, 2013
A Goose Creek High School cheerleader was injured by a stray bullet believed to have been fired from an off-campus location the evening of Nov. 12.
The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office responded to a local hospital at about 7:15 p.m. on Nov. 12 for a report of a 14-year-old GCHS girl being treated for a bullet wound, according to a BCSO statement released Nov. 13.
The victim said she was at cheerleading practice at about 5:25 p.m. She was sitting on the bleachers with other cheerleaders and felt what she described as a heavy slap on the wrist that was very painful, according to a BCSO incident report.
She noticed her wrist was bleeding. The coach escorted her to the sports medicine center, according to the report. That’s when the victim’s father was called. He took her to Trident Hospital’s emergency room where she was X-rayed. A bullet was found lodged in her wrist, according to the report.
The victim told a deputy she did not hear gunshots at the time of the incident and did not expect her injury to be a gunshot.
The bullet was removed from the victim’s wrist at the hospital. Her injuries were not life threatening and she was treated and released, according to BCSO.
Deputies and a detective responded to the football field and processed the area for evidence. The investigation is continuing and the sheriff’s office has instituted extra patrols of the area surrounding the school.
“I’m thankful no one was seriously injured and I assure all parents and students in Berkeley County that the safety of our children is of utmost priority to this agency,” BCSO Sheriff Wayne DeWitt said.
If anyone has any information that might be helpful in this investigation please contact Crimestoppers at 554-1111 or the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office at 843-719-4412.
The night of the incident, GCHS Principal Jimmy Huskey sent a mass phone message to GCHS parents and parents of the two nearby Sedgefield schools.
The schools were operating on a routine schedule the next day.
Huskey sent parents the following phone message: “Good evening, Goose Creek and Sedgefield families. This is Principal Jimmy Huskey from Goose Creek High School. I would like to inform you of an incident this evening at Goose Creek High School.
“A student was injured by a stray bullet believed to have been fired from an off-campus location. The student has been treated and released from medical attention and is home with family.
“The school and district are cooperating with law enforcement in the investigation of this incident to help ensure the safety of our students. Goose Creek High School and its neighboring schools, Sedgefield Intermediate and Sedgefield Middle, will follow normal bell schedules on Wednesday. Please be assured that the safety of our students is our highest priority. Thank you for your support of our students and school community.”