Teen shooting victim on life support, suspects still at large


SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A Spartanburg County teen is in the hospital fighting for his life.

“He was an innocent kid. He wasn’t a bad boy,” said Michelle Calderon, the teen’s mother.

Mauricio Calderon (Credit: Michelle Calderon.)

Michelle Calderon is hurting. “They don’t think he is going to make it,” she told 7News. “I don’t think anybody can help somebody through that.”

Michelle tells 7News her son Mauricio Calderon, 15, has his whole life ahead of him. She is holding out hope that he will pull through.

Mauricio is in the ICU at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Systems fighting for his life.

Spartanburg County investigators say the teenager was shot on Wednesday afternoon at a mobile home park on Marlette Avenue.

7News spoke with a neighbor who says she saw the whole thing.

“I looked outside [and] I saw that there were 2 other people in the car and 3 of them were fighting. All of a sudden they just stop and run towards over there. Then all of a sudden I hear a gunshot and then I look outside and I just see them running,” the neighbor said.

Detectives believe Mauricio Calderon may have been involved in a transaction with the suspect that went sideways.

But Michelle says that doesn’t sound like her son.

“He wasn’t doing bad things,” she told 7News. “I just don’t understand why would someone want to hurt him.”

Michelle says her son is a goofball that’s always cracking jokes. She says the amount of people that showed up a to a prayer vigil shows how much her son is loved and supported.

Mauricio’s family is holding out hope that he will survive and justice will be served.

“If anybody knows anything come and call the police. Do something because that boy deserves justice,” Michelle Calderon said.

Investigators haven’t identified any suspects or made any arrests. They tell 7News this is still an ongoing investigation.

SPARTANBURG Co., S.C. (WSPA) — Deputies are searching for two suspects after a boy was shot at a mobile home park in Spartanburg County.

Sheriff Chuck Wright said the shooting happened around 4 p.m. Wednesday in the 100 block of Marlette Avenue located off Lone Oak Road.

โ€œIโ€™m not sure what itโ€™s over. Whatever it is and for a juvenile to get shot itโ€™s not appropriate thatโ€™s for sure,โ€ Wright said.

Wright said two men in a small white car were seen driving away from the mostly Spanish speaking community.

Despite the language barrier, detectives managed to gather some initial details.

โ€œI know they had some sort of phone transaction whether it was Snapchat, I donโ€™t know, texting, but they met and it turned sideways somehow but I donโ€™t know the details of that yet until we find these two people. They can tell us what happened,โ€ Wright said.

The victimโ€™s condition is unknown.

No arrests or suspects have been named as of Thursday morning.

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