“He got on bus and told bus driver he didn’t want to hurt him but wanted him to take him to the next town,” Ha detto Lott.
According to Lott, the suspect brought the kids to the front of bus, where they started asking questions about if he was going to hurt them or the driver. According to Lott, the suspect got frustrated and had the children and driver get off the bus.
According to Lott, the suspect drove the bus a few miles and was “having difficulties operating the bus” before abandoning it with the rifle inside. Lott said the suspect then wandered through neighborhoods trying to get “rice and clothes.”
The suspect was eventually spotted near I-77 where he was arrested. Lott said the entire incident lasted about an hour.
Lott said he expects the suspect will be charged with multiple counts of kidnapping and possibly more.
Fort Jackson said in a tweet it was aware of what happened.
“Fort Jackson officials are aware of the incident involving a trainee this morning. We are working closely with RCSD to respond to this incident,” Fort Jackson said.
Lott said the top priority now was addressing the needs of the children who were “scared to death.”
School District 2 Superintendent Baron Davis said all of the children were offered counseling services when they arrived at school and the district remains focused on addressing their social and emotional needs.
Lott said the sheriff’s department, Columbia Police Department, and the South Carolina Highway Patrol were all involved in responding to the incident. Lott and he expects to release the name of the suspect and more information later Thursday.
Fort Jackson is the Army’s main production center for basic combat training
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