COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A 13-year-old under arrest for having a loaded gun at a South Carolina mall apparently sneaked a second loaded weapon into the facility where he was taken.
It started Tuesday when the boy and a relative were arrested for having guns at Columbiana Centre Mall.
Police say officers did an initial search of the boy and confiscated a loaded, 9mm handgun but they missed another gun he was hiding.
WLTX-TV reports a Columbia Police spokesperson called the incident “an egregious failure on many levels.”
The second weapon was missed again when the teen was transferred and processed at a juvenile facility but was later confiscated by facility staff.
The officers and staff involved in the searches have been suspended and ordered to be retrained on safety procedures.