Local News reports
An 18-year-old Florence man has been charged with providing the gun involved in the accidental shooting of a teenage girl last week.
Dontavious Hickson, 18, of 968 Jasmine Lane, Florence, is charged with sale or delivery of a weapon to a minor, according to Florence Police Maj. Carlos Raines.
Raines said his department’s investigation indicates Hickson sold a pistol to the 16-year-old brother of the teen girl.
The girl, her brother and some friends were walking through a wooded area beside Florence Restaurant Supply on Meadors Farm Road last week when the brother decided to shoot the handgun for fun. The teen victim also wanted to try shooting the gun, but when she reached for it, her brother had not released his finger from the trigger. The gun discharged, and the girl was struck.
The group panicked and concocted the story about a drive-by, but “ultimately decided to come forth with what really happened” the next day, Raines said.
The 16-year-old brother of the victim has been charged with possession of a firearm by a minor, filing a false police report and discharging a firearm in the city limits.