Child with toy gun alarms community

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Deputies in Florence County have determined that the armed person alarming the community on Hobart Drive was actually a child with an airsoft gun.

The first complaint about the armed individual was reported to the Florence County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, Oct. 19. The complaint said a man was laying in a field with an assault rifle.

Deputies search the area with no luck, but they increased uniformed patrols as a precaution.

Two days later, claims that a man was in the neighborhood with a gun went viral on Facebook, the sheriff's office said. Deputies continued to investigate, and found out the "shooter" was a 10-year-old with an airsoft gun who didn't mean any harm.

The child was counseled, and no criminal charges have been filed.

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