16-year-old charged with attempted murder of teen in Lancaster County

16-year-old charged with attempted murder of teen in Lancaster County

LANCASTER, S.C. — A 16-year old is in custody after police said he shot a teenage girl Saturday night in Lancaster County.

Draevious Jakiem Mingo was charged as an adult on suspicion of attempted murder and use of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Police said the shooting happened on North French Street in Lancaster around 9:07 p.m.

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When officers arrived on scene, they said they saw several young people in the house, with one teenage girl with a serious gunshot wound.

Police said the victim was treated at the scene by emergency personnel and taken to the hospital by helicopter.Officials said she is still at the hospital in serious, but stable condition.

On Monday, police said the shooting appeared to be unintentional, negligence among teenagers with a gun. But, as they continued to investigate, police said this appeared to be intentional.


"Investigators have to base their actions on facts, when those facts don’t add up, it is incumbent upon them to ask why and get to the truth. Hats off to the investigators who followed their instincts and finally uncovered the truth concerning this incident. We wish the victim in this case the very best as she continues along her path to recovery. We appreciate the assistance of Rock Hill PD in locating Mingo for us so quickly."

Police have not said what led to the shooting.

Lancaster High School student Thomas Montgomery said he heard about the shooting on social media.

Students said they have not heard anything about the shooting from school officials.

"They haven't said anything about it, like on the announcement. They usually do though," student Alyssa Vincent said.

Montgomery said many people said the victim was a really good person.

"It's a good thing that he actually got caught for doing something. I mean your 16, you don't have business doing that kind of stuff," Montgomery said.

This is an ongoing investigation. Check back with wsoctv.com for more information.