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Victim's family speaks out at hostage shooting suspect's hearing

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Shane Young (Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office) Shane Young (Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office)

The man accused of killing one man and injuring several others during a shooting at a Greer home in 2012 was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

Shane Young was supposed to have a preliminary hearing in Greenville County on Tuesday, but he waived it.

Greenville County deputies said Kenneth Horton, 49, of Greer was shot and killed by the Young when Young first entered the Skyland Drive home in October, leading to a standoff between Young and deputies.

Deputies said a woman inside the home called 911 saying Young was holding four adults and a child hostage inside the home. About 50 minutes later, deputies said the SWAT team was called in to negotiate with Young and learned that he shot one man and had fired shots when he stormed into the home earlier in the night.

Deputies said once they determined Young would not end the situation peacefully, they began a hostage rescue operation just before midnight by using an explosive device to enter through the back door. Deputies said Young began shooting at them and also fired shots into the bathroom where three people and the 11-year-old girl were being held.

Young shot the girl in the leg then fired shots at deputies, hitting two of them, according to deputies. They said once the injured deputies were moved out of harms way, a lieutenant and sergeant returned fire, hitting Young twice and taking him into custody.

The family of Horton was at Tuesday's scheduled hearing, where they spoke with FOX Carolina about losing their son and potentially seeing Young for the first time since Horton's death.

Horton's stepfather Joe Marcus said they think their son was a hero and possibly saved additional lives by taking a bullet from Young. He also said they are trying to forgive Young for shooting Horton.

"Well being who we are, we would probably just telling that we are sorry that it happened and that we forgive him for doing it," Marcus said. "Because we have to, because we're Christians. We have to forgive him. But then on the other hand, I don't know. There are some feelings there that are just hard to explain."

Because the hearing was waived, Young was not in court Tuesday. His next court appearance has not yet been released.

Young remains in jail on several charges including one count of murder, eight counts of attempted murder, five counts of kidnapping, one count of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, one count of resisting arrest with a deadly with a weapon and one count of discharging firearms into a dwelling.

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