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Sheriff identifies teen arrested, another sought after shots fired at Spartanburg Co. deputies

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Antonio Moore (L) and She'lah Norman (Source: Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office) Antonio Moore (L) and She'lah Norman (Source: Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)
Antonio Moore (Photo provided) Antonio Moore (Photo provided)
Antonio Moore approaches vehicle before opening fire at Lil Cricket (Source: Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office) Antonio Moore approaches vehicle before opening fire at Lil Cricket (Source: Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)
Deputies respond to Bryant Rd. in Spartanburg Co., road blocked off (FOX Carolina/ August 21, 2017) Deputies respond to Bryant Rd. in Spartanburg Co., road blocked off (FOX Carolina/ August 21, 2017)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office identified two teens connected to an incident were gunfire was directed at a deputy during a pursuit early Monday morning.

Deputies said they were conducting a routine traffic stop near Highway 9 on Giles Drive around midnight when a driver refused to stop for blue lights. A pursuit was initiated, during which suspects opened fire with a rifle out of the back of the vehicle.

The deputy's vehicle was struck multiple times.

Deputies said they believe the suspects, two occupants of the vehicle, also opened fire at additional law enforcement units joining the pursuit. Law enforcement did not return fire, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.

No deputies were injured in the incident.

The vehicle crashed on Successful Way near Bryant Road and the suspects fled on foot, deputies said. K-9 units and SWAT were on scene searching for the suspects and tracking leads near Herald Journal Boulevard.

Just after 9 a.m., Lt. Kevin Bobo said law enforcement had cleared the scene after exhausting all leads. He said all businesses and homes in the area were searched but there were no signs of the suspects.

Bobo said a rifle was recovered that investigators believe was used to shoot at deputies.

On Thursday, Sheriff Chuck Wright held a press conference to announce that 19-year-old Antonio Dean Moore of Chesnee was arrested in connection with the incident. Moore is charged with three counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle and failure to stop for blue lights.

Deputies said Moore already had two active warrants for attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime after firing shots into a car at the Lil Cricket gas station on Fairforest Road.

He was also involved along with three other suspects in two home invasions on Tuesday, deputies said.

A second teen suspect in connection with the chase and shots fired remains at large. Wright identified the 16-year-old as She'lah Giovanni Norman of Spartanburg.

Norman is also charged with three counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle and failure to stop for blue lights.

Moore's mother, Lucina Eison, spoke to FOX Carolina about her son's arrest and said the two teens are best friends. Eison said she spoke to Moore moments after the shooting.

"Antonio called me and he was crying and he was scared," Eison said. "He didn't want to get caught."

She said she doesn't condone his behavior but said there is more to her son than just the charges he is facing.

"He goes to visit his grandmother all the time, he's close to uncles and aunties," she said. "He loves his family." 

Eison said Moore always looked up to his father, who exposed him to a life of crime.

"His dad was a gangster," she said. "Antonio looked up to that and thought it was cool and he looked up to his father. And Instead of his father trying to teach him a different way, his father showed him more of the gangster life."

Eison said, like Sheriff Wright, she doesn't want the safety of her son, his friend and others to be in jeopardy. She urged Norman to turn himself in to avoid harm to himself or anyone else.

"So right now I know they're in the best place for them to get the help that they need to help themselves be productive young men," she said.

Anyone with information on She'lah Giovanni Norman's whereabouts is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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