Woman recovering after weekend carjacking, shooting

(Source: Theatre of the Republic)
(Source: Theatre of the Republic)

Conway, SC - CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - A woman was hospitalized early Sunday morning after Conway Police say a 14-year-old shot her during a carjacking at an area gas station.

The victim has been identified as Danielle Delpercio, a cast member of Conway's Theatre of the Republic.

According to Conway Police spokeswoman Catina Hipp, the carjacking occurred at the Sav-Way station at 604 Church St. Delpercio told officers that while at the gas station, a young male asked her for a ride. While in the car, he began making sexual advances towards her and then pulled out a handgun.

She then tried to run the car into a ditch to distract the suspect. He fired one shot, hitting her on the right side of the head before she was able to jump from the vehicle and flee.

Delpercio was taken to Conway Medical Center and later airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where she is still recovering.

"It' just put's everything into perspective," said Shellie Cox, a friend of the victim. "I'm a mother too, it just lets you know it could happen anytime, anywhere."

According to Conway Police, officers spotted the victim's car around 1 a.m. Sunday morning being driven by the suspect on 9th Avenue. He wrecked the car on a dead end street and was later apprehended.

He is currently being held at the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.

The Theatre of the Republic has set up a fund to help with Delpercio medical costs as she does not have insurance. Anyone who would like to contribute can contact the theater in Conway.

"You know you hear this happen on the news all the time, but when it hits you so close to home it's pretty shocking," said Tim McGhee, the executive director of the theatre.

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