Bomb squad finds 'multiple' devices at Socastee HS

Officer Erik Karney
Officer Erik Karney
Socastee High School (Source: Google)
Socastee High School (Source: Google)

Horry County, SC - SOCASTEE, SC (WMBF) - State and county bomb squads have found multiple devices planted in Socastee High School following a shooting on the campus Tuesday afternoon.

Sgt. Robert Kegler, spokesman for the Horry County Police Department, said the Horry County Bomb Squad and assisting agencies located and dismantled multiple devices inside of the school.

Kegler confirmed each device was removed from the campus and transported to a facility for further testing by authorities.

Investigators from the Horry County Police Department, State Law Enforcement Agency and Myrtle Beach K-9 Unit spent Tuesday evening combing Socastee High School after receiving reports of bombs planted in the surrounding area.

The devices were located hours after a male student opened fire at a school resource officer inside of his office around 2 p.m. Kegler said the student produced a weapon after sparking a brief argument with the officer.

Investigators report the student fired a weapon inside of the office, indirectly wounding the officer. A preliminary investigation revealed the bullet bounced off of a hard object moments before shrapnel struck the officer.

As reports of the shooting at Socastee High School Surfaced Tuesday afternoon, students and teachers were quickly evacuated from the building. The school was placed in lockdown while several students were temporarily held inside of the school's football stadium until the situation was contained.

EMS transported the injured officer to the Conway Medical Center in stable condition, who was later identified as Officer Erik Karney by hospital spokeswoman Julie Rajotte.

Karney was released from care shortly before 4:30 p.m., according to hospital officials.

Horry County Police managed to detain a student in connection to the incident, but have not commented on the student's name and age. Kegler confirmed investigators are also looking into a social networking account containing suspicious posts.

Pending charges by Horry County Police, Solicitor Greg Hembree told the Myrtle Beach Herald he expects to recommend the teen be charged as an adult.

Teal Britton, spokeswoman for Horry County Schools, confirmed metal detectors were not used on students entering the school Tuesday morning. Britton could not recall an exact date when the detectors were last used.

Horry County Schools have ordered all metal detectors at Socastee High School to be used to scan students Wednesday morning. Britton said the school will have at least two metal detectors at each entrance to the building.

Due to the heightened security, officials are warning parents and students that it will take longer for the teens to securely enter the school.

Socastee High School will be operating on a one-hour delay, but teachers are asked to report at normal time.

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