Suspect in shooting of Spring Valley High School teacher arrested

Suspect in shooting of Spring Valley High School teacher arrested
Source: CPD via Twitter
Source: CPD via Twitter

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Columbia police say they have arrested a man in connection with the shooting of a Spring Valley High School teacher.

CPD say they arrested Christopher Keitt, 24, who was hiding in an apartment on Alcott Drive Friday afternoon. Officers from several agencies assisted in the arrest, which CPD spokesperson Jennifer Timmons was made without incident.

Keitt, is accused of attempted murder and armed robbery. Warrants have been signed on additional charges of burglary, grand larceny, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, discharging a firearm into a dwelling and unlawful carrying of a pistol.

According to police, Keitt, 24, went to the teacher's home on Barhamville Road at around 8 a.m. Wednesday morning to steal the victim's car, but the victim was shot while trying to escape.

"As soon as we learned of the shooting we secured the area and we notified school officials immediately of the incident itself," Timmons said.

The victim's family, who did not want him to be identified yet, has released a statement on the shooting.

"We are grateful to the Columbia Police Department for apprehending the suspect," the statement said. "Thank you to everyone for your continued prayers."

Students were also shocked at hearing about the teacher.

"He'll spend a week with you on 101. He'll make sure you understand it very well," said student Catherine Boozer.

Several teachers have told us the principal led the faculty in prayer Wednesday morning and they will rally to offer support any way they can.

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