North Charleston city officials on Thursday released a video of the Sunday incident in which a police officer shot a teenager the officer said pointed a gun at him.
The video, recorded by a nearby commercial site's security camera, captured a short chase and the shooting in which Pfc. Anthony Dipaolo shot and wounded 17-year-old Carlton Lamont Pringle. Dipaolo was placed on administrative leave after the shooting, which is being investigated by the State Law Enforcement Division.
Before the video was made available to the news media, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey and other city officials showed it to a group of local ministers the mayor said is working with the city to curb violence. Summey used the press conference as an opportunity to appeal for help in curbing the availability of guns in the community.
Guns are streaming into locations nationwide and many firearms are being sold cheaply out of the trunks of mobile illegal gun dealers, Summey said.
“There are too many guns on the street. There are too many guns falling into the hands of young people,” he said.
Police Chief Jon Zumalt announced the city's fourth annual gun buyback will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Summey said the city's heart goes out to Pringle's family, “and to the police officer who had to do this shooting.”
Summey said that because of the ongoing investigation, he and police are not answering questions about the incident or the video. Rather than comment on what the video depicts, the mayor said, “make your own decision about what it shows.”
Police can crack down on gun dealers and users, but what is really needed to change matters is parental and community mentoring and supervision of youths, the mayor said.
“Check your children out, be involved with them. It's a scary world out there,” Summey said.