A man has been seriously injured and a teenager is behind bars after a shooting that shut down several schools in the region’s Midlands, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office said on Monday.
The shooting took place at Pilgrim’s Pride meat processing plant in Sumter County, the sheriff’s office said in a press release. This is the former Gold Kist facility in the 2000 block of US 15, approximately 2.5 miles from the intersection with US 521.
Pocalla Springs Elementary School, Furman Middle School and Lakewood High School are all schools in Sumter District 2 located within 5 miles of the plant and were on lockdown in response to the shooting, the statement said. .
The sheriff’s office said the lockdown on schools was lifted around 12:30 p.m., which was confirmed by Sumter District 2. The lockdown included securing exterior doors and locking students and teachers in classrooms, said reported the Sumter Item.
The incident started as a brawl in the parking lot and turned into a shootout around 10:45 a.m., the statement said.
Three people who knew each other were involved in the incident, the sheriff’s office said.
A man was seriously injured and was taken to a hospital in the area, the statement said. Further information on his condition was not released, but the sheriff’s office said he should recover.
The sheriff’s office said the incident is under control and is considered isolated.
Jeffrey Leverne Green has been arrested on charges of attempted murder and possession of a weapon in a violent crime, the sheriff’s office said.
No bond has been issued for the 18-year-old Sumter resident, who remains behind bars at Sumter-Lee Detention Center, prison records show. Green is scheduled to appear before a judge again on the charges against him on June 4, according to Sumter County Court records.
No information on the motive for the brawl that led to the gunfire was available.
The sheriff’s office continues to investigate the shooting and said other charges are pending.
Charges are pending against Green following a previous arrest on January 4, 2021, when he was charged with armed robbery, illegal carrying of a pistol, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and selling or delivering a pistol – or a stolen pistol, court records show.
Green was released on $ 25,000 bail for the combined charges of the January arrest, according to court records.
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This story was originally published April 26, 2021 12:32 pm.