ANDERSON, SC (WSPA) – Anderson Police Department officials said a teen has been charged in regards to the shooting death of 11-year-old Ja’Naiya Scott last month.
During a news conference Wednesday morning, police said Stephen Braden Powell, 17, was arrested and charged with murder and four counts of attempted murder.
“We do know there were two guns involved in this case, a pistol and a rifle so we know we have more than one suspect and we are still asking the public to assist us by calling CrimeStoppers. There is $10,000 reward,” said Chief Jim Stewart.
Powell was denied bond by a judge at his bond hearing on Wednesday afternoon, but not before Ja’Naiya Scott’s mother tried to speak to him.
“”I have a question, can you look me in my face and tell me why. I just want to know why,” said Scott’s mother.
Scott and two others were shot at a home on West End Avenue around 1:30 a.m. on June 23.
We reported earlier that the coroner’s office said all victims were inside the home when someone started shooting from the outside.
Scott later died following the shooting. Her 18 year old sister and 11 year old cousin are still recovering.
We’ll continue to update this story with more information as it becomes available.