Cheerleader hit by stray bullet in Goose Creek

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCIV) -- A Goose Creek High School student was wounded by a stray bullet Tuesday evening.{}

Officials say the girl was on the Goose Creek High School campus when the shot was fired from an off-campus location.

According to deputies with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office, the 14-year-old cheerleader was shot in the wrist by "an apparent stray bullet" while at cheerleading practice.

Goose Creek High School Principal Jimmy Huskey said the student was treated at a nearby hospital and released.

"The school and district are cooperating with law enforcement in the investigation of this incident to help ensure the safety of our students," Huskey said in a statement released to families and the media.

Huskey said Goose Creek High School and its neighboring schools, Sedgefield Intermediate and Sedgefield Middle, will follow normal bell schedules on Wednesday.

"Please be assured that the safety of our students is our highest priority. Thank you for your support of our students and school community," Huskey said.

"That's very weird the fact that something like that's happened very weird and scary," said student Megan Gould.

Students say the girl was at school with her arm in a sling.

At a Summerville gun store, instructor James Brantley teaches hand gun safety.

"You cannot relax on those safety rules bad things can and most likely will happen. So, we always teach that you respect these rules," said Brantley.{}

Brantley says you always treat a gun as if it's loaded and never point a gun unless you intend to shoot.

"Finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire, know your target and what's beyond, bullets will not stop when they hit the first thing," said Brantley.

Deputies looked for evidence on scene and have put out extra patrols in the area around the school.

"I'm thankful no one was seriously injured and I assure all parents and students in Berkeley County that the safety of our children is of utmost priority to this agency," said Sheriff Wayne DeWitt.

If anyone has any information that might be helpful in this investigation please contact Crime Stoppers at 554-1111 or the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office at 843-719-4412.