CHESTERFIELD, S.C. (AP) — A man involved in a paternity dispute opened fire Wednesday in front of a South Carolina courthouse, wounding a woman and her stepfather, then led police on a 12-mile chase before he was caught, a sheriff said.
Suspect Curtis Gorny and 21-year-old Olivia Weaver were at the Chesterfield County courthouse for a paternity test and at about 12:30 p.m., Weaver was shot in the face and torso, said Sheriff Sam Parker. The child was not with her mother. Her stepfather, Johnnie Nolan, was also wounded. The conditions of the victims were not known but Weaver was taken to the hospital.
Parker says Gorny fled from officers, firing from his vehicle before he was forced into a ditch.
The shooting comes just two days after a man authorities say was involved in a bitter family custody battle fatally shot his ex-daughter-in-law and another woman at a Delaware courthouse and killed himself.
Gorny, who is in his 50s, claimed to be the father of Weaver’s baby and was at the courthouse for a DNA test, the sheriff said.
Security at the courthouse in the town about 70 miles northeast of Columbia saw the shooting and called in a description of Gorny’s vehicle. Deputies spotted him a few minutes later.
Gorny has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, and investigators said more charges are likely after authorities review patrol car video and other evidence from the chase.
Gorny was being held at the Chesterfield County jail and it wasn’t known if he had a lawyer.