SPARTANBURG CO., SC (WSPA) – Deputies say a Spartanburg teenager was killed in what appears to be an accidental shooting in a moving vehicle.
The coroner said 18-year-old Caleb Jamar Elijah Roach died from injuries at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office says Roach was in a moving vehicle in the Cedar Springs area when he was shot on Wednesday.
“At present, all preliminary indications are this incident is an accidental shooting, but our investigators will be meeting with the Solicitor’s Office tomorrow to determine if any criminal charges are applicable,” Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Kevin Bobo said in an email.
Roach was a senior at Spartanburg High School.
Spartanburg School District 7 released the following statement:
The Spartanburg School District 7 family is saddened to share the news of the death of 18-year old Spartanburg High School senior, Caleb Jamar Elijah Roach. A member of SHS JROTC, Caleb was on track to graduate this spring with his classmates. Caleb died this afternoon from what the coroner tells us was a “trauma related death.”
Principal Jeff Stevens said, tonight, that Caleb was an outstanding young man with a wonderful personality and will be deeply missed. As Spartanburg High School students and staff deal with yet another loss of life this year, Stevens went on to say that counselors will be on hand tomorrow during school hours to support the Spartanburg High School staff and students. We ask that you join us in keeping Caleb’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.