Christopher Scott Obituary, Death – The Richland County Sheriff’s Department announced on Tuesday afternoon that the fatal shooting of a child of that age was the result of an accident. “This is a horrible scenario, and our hearts are shattered for this family,” said Sheriff Leon Lott. “Our hearts are broken for this family.” Lott stated, “We ask the community to keep them in their thoughts and we appreciate your assistance.” Christopher Scott III was shot and killed as a result of two children playing with a gun, according to the findings of the investigation conducted by the RCSD. In the vicinity of 6:30 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the 1000 block of Weston Road in Hopkins, where it was reported that a youngster had been shot.
Deputy sheriffs came upon his mother as she was bringing her son to the emergency room. After being moved to a patrol car, Scott was transported to the hospital by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department as well as the Columbia Police Department. On arrival, it was determined that he was already deceased. The RCSD reported that Scott and another child had taken the firearm from inside the residence and were playing with it inside a parked vehicle. Scott was injured when the rifle accidentally discharged. The second child, according to RCSD, ran to get help. Lott is quoted as saying,
“These kinds of accidents happen in the blink of an eye, and we appeal with parents to please, please make sure that firearms are locked up within the home.” Richland After the shooting that resulted in the death of Christopher Scott III, One issued a statement from Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon. As stated by Witherspoon, “When we found out that one of our pupils had died the previous evening, it was a terrible and shocking surprise” (Monday, December 19). Christopher Scott, III was in the fourth grade at Hopkins Elementary School when this photo was taken. Today, members of our District Crisis Team were present at the school to offer support and counseling to staff members and children, as required. Our hearts go out to Christopher’s family during this difficult time. We ask that everyone join us in remembering his family in their time of grief, particularly during this Christmas season, which is traditionally a happy time of year. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.