A 15-year-old Barnwell teen is charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting a man Jan. 15.
The male juvenile, whose name has not been released, is accused of shooting 33-year-old Yahanan Hakim Caldwell shortly before 6 p.m. in front of the Woodmont Apartments across from Walmart in Barnwell, said Barnwell Police Chief Todd Gantt.
Two bullets "grazed" the victim, one on his outer arm and one on his head. Caldwell was transported to the Barnwell County Hospital where he was "checked out by medical staff and released shortly after," said Gantt.
He said, based off of witness testimony, it was determined Caldwell "was shot because he was wearing a blue bandana" - a possible sign of being involved with a gang - though Gantt said he could not confirm the shooting was gang related.
The Barnwell Police Department is working to track down more witnesses to help "get the full picture," said Gantt.
The Sheriff's Emergency Response Team was called in to help apprehend the suspect after he fled to a nearby house. "He came out on his own" after a couple minutes of negotiating, said Barnwell County Sheriff Ed Carroll.
"We greatly appreciate their assistance," said Gantt of the sheriff's office.
The juvenile was released to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice where he is charged as a juvenile with attempted murder, Gantt said.
Serena McDaniel, an assistant solicitor with the Second Judicial Circuit, said she does not plan to ask the court to charge him as an adult. "It is my intention to handle this as a juvenile matter," she said.
Due to the law concerning juveniles, their names are "confidential," she said.
A hearing will be held Jan. 23 for the juvenile to determine if the state has "probable cause" to continue detaining him. "It's our version of a bond hearing," McDaniel said, who added the State Law Enforcement Division is processing some evidence associated with the case.
The People-Sentinel will continue to follow this story.
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