Teen charged with attempted murder

Joseph Kosmela of Goose Creek is charged with two counts of attempted murder.


A teenager was charged with attempted murder Friday after police said he fired shots into a passing car in a Goose Creek neighborhood.

No one was hurt in the shooting in the Boulder Bluff subdivision. The shots put two bullet holes in the car, which was occupied by a male and a female from the subdivision, Goose Creek police Capt. John Grainger said.

He said the weapon has not been recovered and the motive for the shooting is not clear, but a teen was arrested by a patrol officer who saw him walking in the Beverly Hills subdivision.

Joseph Kosmela, 17, of Water Oak Drive in Goose Creek is charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime; trespassing on private property; and two counts of attempted murder, Grainger said. He said Kosmela was being held at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center in Moncks Corner.

Grainger said the vehicle was traveling west on Stephanie Drive about 11:48 a.m. near a Veterans of Foreign Wars building and a Circle K convenience store, when the shots were fired from a pistol by a suspect on the shoulder of the road. The suspect then fled into woods behind the VFW, and headed toward the Beverly Hills subdivision. A Goose Creek officer apprehended him, Grainger said.

He said the matter remains under investigation. The relationship between the victims and suspect as well as the motive for the shooting are unknown.

Investigators examined the victims' vehicle and searched for the firearm.