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CHESTERFIELD, S.C. – Two people were shot outside the Chesterfield County courthouse on Wednesday afternoon in an incident that ended with a car chase and shots fired at officers.
The shooting happened in the parking lot around noon at 200 West Main Street before the suspect, 57-year-old Curtis Gorny of Cheraw, allegedly sped away in his car.
That began a lengthy police chase involving more than a dozen deputies. During the chase--which lasted 12 to 15 miles into Pageland--Gorny tried to run other commuters off the road and shot out of his vehicle at the officers.
After running out of ammunition in one gun, Gorny allegedly threw it out of the window.
Deputies then ran Gorny off the road, and he exited his car swinging and fighting the officers, according to the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office.
Shooting victims Olivia Weaver, 21, and Johnny Nolan of Cheraw were both transported to a hospital in Florence. Weaver sustained gunshot wounds to the chest, face and abdomen while Nolan has a shoulder wound.
Officials say Nolan is Weaver's stepfather and that Gorny has a child with Weaver.
The shooting was a result of a paternity dispute between the three parties.
The court reopened shortly after the incident and operated on schedule, according to the Chesterfield County Clerk's office.
Gorny was charged Friday with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Those penalties face a total of up to 35 years in prison.