An 8-year-old boy is dead after he was struck by a bullet from South Carolina man who was randomly firing at cars driving by his home over the weekend.
The boy’s father was also shot and is recovering, Florence County officials said.
The boy was taken to a hospital in critical condition after the shooting on Saturday.
Charles Montgomery Allen, 40, was initially charged with two counts of attempted murder, three counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, and possession of a weapon in a violent crime.
The child and his father have not been named, but they were from New Hampshire, traveling in South Carolina.
“No motive. Just probably methed up. He’s got a history,” Florence County Sheriff TJ Joye said. “He’s incarcerated now without incident. Just a senseless, senseless act.”
Joye said that Allen fired at three cars and retreated to his home, where a SWAT team found him with multiple weapons.
“It’s sad. It’s heartbreaking,” Joye said. “We’ve got an eight-year-old shot for no reason. No reason.”
The young boy was a third grade student at Little Harbour School in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, SeacoastOnline reported. The boy’s death, which has not yet been reported by South Carolina media as of this writing, was reported in a memo sent to families in the Portsmouth school district on Monday.
Allen was ordered held without bond at a hearing on Monday, according to jail records.
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[Featured image: Charles Montgomery Allen/Florence County Sheriff’s Office]