Police: Aiken man charged in gun incident at elementary school was family friend
Police released more information Friday concerning an incident earlier this week involving a 6-year-old student caught with a loaded gun at Chukker Creek Elementary School, which led to the arrest of a local man with no relation to the child.
Marquise Ervin, 24, was charged Wednesday with two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child and simple possession of marijuana, according to jail records.
Aiken Department of Public Safety investigators determined Ervin is a family friend who was living at the child’s residence at the time of the incident, police reported.
Officers responded early Wednesday morning to Chukker Creek Elementary after receiving a call concerning a child caught trying to enter the school with a loaded pistol in his backpack, according to the report.
Upon arrival, the assistant principal of the school, Liz McClearen, told police the student had been quarantined away from the rest of the student body and a loaded gun was found in his bag, the report states.
McClearen said she was outside the school helping unload the incoming buses Wednesday morning, when she heard one of the school bus drivers honking the horn; she said she met with the driver, who told her a male student had informed her of the student with a gun on the bus, according to the report.
Several students “pointed out” the student to staff and he was immediately pulled aside and asked if he had a gun, to which he responded by saying, “No,” the report states.
The child was then taken to the office and searched.
Police reported the gun was a loaded Heritage Rough Rider revolver, with six .22 caliber bullets.
Following an investigation, it was determined the gun belonged to Ervin, police reported.
Officers responded to the boy’s residence with a search warrant and located Ervin, who had what police believed to be marijuana in his possession.
Ervin was arrested Wednesday afternoon and taken to the Aiken County detention center for questioning.
Investigators determined Ervin had left the gun out in the house within the reach of two young children. Police then issued warrants for two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child to Ervin at the jail, said Capt. Maryann Burgess on Thursday.
Ervin went before a magistrate judge Thursday, who gave him a $30,000 bond amount, according to records.
He remained in custody at the Aiken County detention center until being released on bond Friday evening, jail records show.