The elementary school of Beaufort was closed about an hour Monday morning while the Beaufort Police Department had issued a warrant for arrest against a suspect of attempted murder in a neighboring house, according to a press release from the ministry.
The elementary school, located at 1800 Prince Street in Beaufort, was put in "preventive confinement" around 10 am Monday, announced the release.
At the same time, members of the Beaufort Police Department, the Marshals Southeast Fugitives Working Group and the SC Probation and Parole Department issued a warrant for arrest to Gecoby. Daise, 16, in a house adjacent to the school located at 1715 Prince Street. Daise was inside the house and was arrested without incident, according to the statement.
He was wanted for attempted murder in connection with a shot of December 27, 2018 in the north-west district of Beaufort. He allegedly fired a handgun at an adult victim, who was not injured.
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During the issuance of the warrant, the police also arrested Gerard Daise, 19, who was inside the house and was seeking an outstanding warrant for violating the conditions of probation.
A search of the residence revealed four handguns – three of which were stolen – a large quantity of marijuana and body armor, according to the press release.
Anyone who has any additional information about any of the suspects or the shooting incident of December 27, 2018 is asked to call the investigator Charles Raley at 843-322-7914 or the anonymous police line at 843-322-7938.
At least six schools in Beaufort County have been locked since the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year and at least three of them have been caused by an external threat.
In October 2018, Mossy Oaks and Beaufort Middle elementary schools were placed in a modified pen while Beaufort police investigated a possible incident in a neighborhood near both schools.