Boy, 8, fatally shot by man randomly firing at cars, police say

An 8-year-old boy was fatally shot while riding in a car with his father, and sheriff’s officials say the shooter was firing at vehicles that passed his rural South Carolina home.

The boy has not been publicly identified. He was a third-grader from Portsmouth, NH, who was visiting Florence County, SC, with his family his for a relative ‘s high school graduation, the Portsmouth Herald said.

He and his father were reportedly driving to a barbecue restaurant on Saturday afternoon when both were shot on Old River Road, a two-lane road about 12 miles southeast of central Florence, TV station WPDE said.

The boy died in a hospital, where he had undergone surgery. The father is expected to recover, the Herald said.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Charles Montgomery Allen, 40, who lives on a one-acre property on Old River Road.
He was “randomly” shooting at cars, according to the Florence County Sheriff’s Office.

TV station WBTW quoted Sheriff TJ Joye as saying of the shooting: “No motive. Just probably met up. He’s got a history.”

Before the boy’s death, Allen was charged with two counts of attempted murder, three counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to court records. He was denied bond and was being held at the Florence County Detention Center.

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