CHESTERFIELD, S.C. – A Cheraw man is in custody at the Chesterfield County Jail in connection with the shooting of two people in a domestic dispute outside of the Chesterfield County Courthouse and subsequent high-speed police chase Wednesday afternoon.
Sheriff Sam Parker said 57-year-old Curtis Gorny shot Olivia Weaver, 21, and her step-father Johnny Nolan over a paternity dispute. Weaver was at the courthouse for a DNA test to discover the paternity of her 6-month-old baby, Parker said.
Gorny told police that he is the child’s father.
The shooting was reported about 12:30 p.m. at the courthouse, in the 200 block of West Main Street in Chesterfield. Deputies arrived to find Weaver shot three times, in the face and stomach, and Nolan shot once in the shoulder. Both were taken to a hospital, and officials said their injuries were not expected to be life-threatening.
Following the shooting, deputies pursued Gorny for 12 to 15 miles west toward Pageland. Throughout the chase, Gorny fired shots at the patrol cars behind him, the sheriff said.
Gorny used two guns, a revolver and a semi-automatic pistol, to fire at officers pursuing him but he eventually ran out of ammunition, Parker said.
When Parker realized the chase was approaching a school, he ordered his deputies to stop Gorny by laying stakes across the roadway. Authorities took the suspect into custody without further incident, Parker said.
Officials didn’t have all of the details on Gorny’s charges late Wednesday, but Parker said the man faces felonies of attempted murder and shooting at law enforcement as well as several misdemeanors.
A criminal records search shows at the time of Wednesday’s shooting, Gorny was out on bond on a domestic violence and larceny case from September 2012.
The courthouse remained open throughout the incident and is open for normal operations Wednesday afternoon.
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