FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a 74-year-old Vietnam veteran and disbarred attorney shot seven South Carolina law enforcement officers, using his marksmanship to hold officers back as their comrades lay bleeding on the ground.
Fifty-two-year-old Officer Terrence Carraway died in the Wednesday shooting.
Records and social media posts unearthed Thursday showed that Frederick Hopkins became serious about amateur target-shooting around the time he lost his law license in the 1980s for mishandling money.
In recent years, Hopkins had faced several minor criminal charges, including disorderly conduct in 2014.
Hopkins is accused of opening fire from his home in an affluent neighborhood after deputies tried to carry out a search warrant.
Mourners held a candlelight vigil Thursday night for Carraway inside a Florence church.