Two people were hospitalized after a shooting outside of the Chesterfield County Courthouse Wednesday.
Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker said 54-year-old Curtis Gorny, of Cheraw; has been arrested and charged with shooting 21-year-old Olivia Weaver and her 54-year-old stepfather Johnny Nolan. Parker said the incident occurred after Weaver and Nolan left the courthouse. Gorny pulled up in his pickup truck and shot at the two as they tried to enter their car.
Both Nolan and Weaver were injured and hospitalized, but are not believed to be in life-threatening condition. Parker said deputies then chased Gorny 12 miles until he almost reached the Pageland town limits. Deputies said Gorny fired at deputies as he drove. Eventually, the officers were able to set up a roadblock and forced the suspect into a ditch.
“We just didn’t want him to make it to town, because he began shooting at the officers,” Parker told South Carolina Radio Network, “And we at that time made the decision, I made the decision, to go ahead and take the vehicle out. That meant basically to put him in the ditch.”
Parker said the motive in this case is still unclear, but investigators know that Weaver was at the courthouse for a parental DNA test prior to the shooting.
“We think domestic-related. We think this guy may be taking the role of possibly being the father of a 6-month-old child involving this female. But again that’s all speculation,” Parker said.
Gorny remains in custody. He was charged with criminal domestic violence and larceny back in September. That case is still pending.
SCRN’s Tripp Girardeau contributed to this article.