Mom says victim in S.C. courthouse shooting was ambushed

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COLUMBIA — The mother of a woman shot outside a South Carolina courthouse said her daughter was ambushed by a former boyfriend who treated her poorly throughout their relationship and became furious because he would have to pay child support.

Curtis Gorny, who is charged with attempted murder, wasn’t at Wednesday’s hearing, where he was ordered to start paying child support. Instead, he waited outside and fired on 21-year-old Olivia Weaver and her stepfather in a parking area of the Chesterfield Coun­ty courthouse, said Weaver’s mother, Jennifer Smith.

“He just ambushed her. It’s by the grace of God that she’s still alive,” Smith said from her home in Cheraw, where she was taking care of her daughter’s 6-month-old girl.

Weaver was shot in the face and stomach and is in intensive care at a Florence hospital. She is expected to survive. Her stepfather was shot in the arm and is out of the hospital, Smith said.

Gorny, 57, decided Thurs­day to wait until all charges are filed against him before he has a bond hearing. He faces two counts of attempted murder, with more charges expected after investigators determine how many police officers he fired at during a 12-mile chase after the shooting, Chesterfield County sheriff’s Lt. Briana Davis said.

Authorities said Gorny was charged with criminal domestic violence last year when he shoved Weaver while discussing what to do about their new baby. That charge is pending.

Weaver decided to leave Gorny while she was pregnant after he pushed her off a ladder as she climbed down from their loft bedroom, Smith said.

But her husband told her they had no warning Gorny was going to attack them Wednesday. They didn’t see him before coming into the courthouse, and didn’t know he was there until his pickup truck came around a corner, Smith said.

After the shooting, authorities said Gorny led police on a 12-mile chase, firing at officers before his tires were shredded and his truck ran into a ditch. Gorny came out of his truck swinging at officers before he was handcuffed, deputies said.

Davis said Chesterfield County deputies had dealt with Gorny before on minor matters, but nothing violent.

Smith said Gorny had a temper, but she was stunned when she was called Wednesday and told what happened at the courthouse.

“I thought he’d do something like get in a fistfight or throw rocks,” Smith said. “I never saw him getting in a shootout.”


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