Alleged shooter of 7 law enforcement officers in South Carolina had 129 guns
"The officers had no chance whatsoever," the sheriff said.
Police patrol the area of a fatal shooting in Florence, South Carolina on Oct. 4, 2018. Frederick Hopkins, a Vietnam veteran who bragged online about maintaining his target-shooting skills was being held in the shooting of multiple law enforcement officers as deputies tried to serve a search warrant at his home.Jeffrey S. Collins / AP file
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The man suspected of shooting seven law enforcement officers, one fatally, earlier this month was in possession of 129 firearms and opened fire with three of them, including "two military-style assault rifles," Sheriff Leon Lott of Richland County, South Carolina, said at a news conference Tuesday.
"This was a planned ambush," he said of the Oct. 3 attack outside Florence, South Carolina, that took the life 52-year-old officer Terrence Carraway. "We're fortunate that more officers weren't killed."
Lott said two of the injured remained in critical condition; one was said to be improving; and another was transferred to a medical facility in Georgia. "We still have four police officers in the hospital," he said. " … They need your prayers.
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Arriving law enforcement officers were met with gunfire and plans to storm the multi-generational home were complicated by the presence of four foster children, roughly ages 10 through 17, hiding inside, authorities said.
The sheriff's department said in a statement Tuesday that more than 390 shell casings were found outside Hopkins' residence; at least 39 were found inside.