Jennie Smith didn't mince words when asked how she felt about the man she believes tried to kill her granddaughter, 21-year-old Olivia Weaver.
Smith said Curtis Gorny, 56, had a history of violence against Weaver.
"He has beaten her since she's been pregnant," she said.
According to Smith, Gorny and Weaver were due in court Wednesday morning for two reasons: to get the results of a DNA test, determining if Gorny is the father of Weaver's 6-month-old daughter, and to come to an agreement about child support.
"He was completely against the idea of having a baby," Smith said. "He said he was not going to pay no child support and he was not going to jail."
Before the hearing, police said Gorny shot Weaver Wednesday morning in the parking lot of the Chesterfield County Courthouse.
Witnesses said Gorny jumped out of his truck and began spraying Weaver's car with gunfire.
"Wheeled around and started shooting at that little car right here. He was shooting right down into the car, and there was somebody sitting in the seat," said witness Robert Howle.
Weaver was hit three times – in the stomach, chest and face – and she survived. Weaver's stepfather, Johnnie Nolan, was also shot once.
Both were taken to a hospital in Florence where they are in stable condition.
Weaver's daughter was not with her.
Deputies said Gorny then took off and led them on a 12-mile chase into Pageland, firing a gun at deputies out of his car window. He was arrested and remains in jail.
Smith said none of this comes as a surprise to her.
"I'm glad they caught him and I'm glad he's in jail and I hope he rots in jail," Smith said.
Authorities said they are reviewing dash cam video and Gorny could face more charges.
Gorny will make his first court appearance Thursday morning.