GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCBD) – A juvenile was arrested Saturday after attempting to rob a Sunoco/7-Eleven in Goose Creek.
Officers with the Goose Creek Police Department were dispatched to the convenience store on St. James Avenue just after 1:30 p.m. where they met with employees.
A store manager and a clerk were working at the counter at the time of the incident. The clerk told police the juvenile walked up to her counter and asked for money from the register. After she refused, the clerk said the teen pulled out a handgun and fired a shot, according to a police report.
The clerk did not think the gun was real and said, “get out of my store with that,” to the teen. That is when the teen pointed the gun at the ceiling and fired one shot before running out of the shop.
Reports show customers inside the store ran outside after the shot was fired, and the clerk ran to a back room to call the police.
The 13-year-old male did not take any money or items when he left the store. He was later found near the Brandywine Apartments, located behind the Sunoco/7-Eleven, where he was arrested.
“We were able to get a positive ID from the clerks at the Sunoco and we were able to identify the perpetrator as a 13-year-old juvenile,” said Chief LJ Roscoe with the Goose Creek Police Department.
Chief Roscoe said the boy told officers he needed money for his mom.
“After further investigation, the 13 year-old advised our investigators that his mother made a comment that she didn’t know where their next meal was going to come from, there was an issue with money,” she said. “So he took his grandfather‘s firearm with the intent of committing an armed robbery.”
The teen told police he got the gun from his grandfather’s safe.
His mother called the police to report her son missing when he did not come home from his bike ride. Upon learning about her son’s arrest, his mother told police that, earlier that day, she had discussed financial concerns with her son when her credit card was declined at Alex’s restaurant.
“As it relates to the declined credit card it’s my understanding that she told our investigators that earlier that day that he had taken him to Alex‘s for breakfast, her credit card was declined- she had to move some money from account to account and she apparently articulated to her son money was tight,” said Chief Roscoe.
No injuries were reported. The teen is being charged with robbery/armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.