Zachary Shane Owens, 18, of Gardenia Drive in Evans, and Shelby Kyles Fox, 19, of Buxton Lane in Evans, were charged with having a weapon on school grounds. Both were released from the Columbia County Detention Center Thursday after each posted an $1,100 bond, according to jailers.
Owens’ guardian called the school safety officer on Thursday stating she’d found bullets at their home and was worried that he’d brought a weapon to school, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report. Columbia County sheriff’s Maj. Rick Whitaker didn’t immediately know today the family relationship between Owens and his guardian.
Both teens were called to the office and searched. The school safety officer also searched their vehicles, where she found a box cutter in Owens’ vehicle and a Leatherman knife and .25-caliber magazine in Fox’s vehicle.
When questioned about the whereabouts of the pistol, Owens told police he’d traded two speakers to Fox in exchange for a .25-caliber pistol. He said he wanted the gun to scare a fellow student who had been bullying him.
Owens said he left the pistol at home, where his guardian found it.
Fox told the school safety officer that he’d stolen two .25-caliber pistols from his father’s home in Lincoln County several years ago, according to the report. He traded one to Owens for the speakers and gave the other to a Lincolnton juvenile.
Police retrieved the pistol from Owens’ home and the magazine from Fox’s vehicle and returned them to Fox’s father, who opted not to pursue charges in Lincoln County for the theft. Fox’s father said he also notified the father of the Lincolnton juvenile, who returned the second pistol.