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Convicted felon charged in accidental shooting of 2 children

November 23, 2021 GMT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A convicted felon who said he accidentally shot two children during target practice at a South Carolina home has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after one of the children died, authorities said.

Jonathan Jeremy Groves, of Gastonia, North Carolina, was shooting a gun with other family members at a Greenville County home on Nov. 7 when a bullet struck both a 7-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy, deputies said.

The boy died several days later after being shot in the head and the girl remains in critical condition, authorities said.

Groves, 49, was charged with involuntary manslaughter because he negligently mishandled the gun, according to an arrest warrant.

Groves is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, although the warrant did not specify what crime Groves was previously convicted of. He faces up to five years in prison on each charge.

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Groves remains in jail with a $175,000 bond. Records did not indicate if he had a lawyer.

Greenville County investigators have charged a man after two children were shot and one died while the man was target practicing, officials said.

Jonathan Jeremy Groves, 49, of Gastonia, was arrested Friday and charged with involuntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, warrants showed.

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Lt. Ryan Flood said the charges are in connection with a Nov. 7 shooting at a home on Staunton Bridge Road that left a 4-year-old boy and his 7-year-old sister injured.

Four-year-old Jeremiah Groves, Jr died from his injuries on Nov. 11, the coroner said.

According to warrants issued on Nov. 17, Jeremiah was shot in the head.

The wounded girl remains in the hospital in critical condition, Flood said.

Warrants said Groves negligently mishandled and discharged a handgun while in close proximity to minor children.

Warrants also said that, according to his criminal history report, Groves was prohibited from possessing or acquiring a handgun in South Carolina.

Deputies said earlier that Groves was a family member, but Flood did not immediately confirm his relationship to the children.

Groves remains in the Greenville County Detention Center on a $175,000 bond.

Investigators with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office have arrested 49 year-old, Jonathan Jeremy Groves for Involuntary Manslaughter and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon in reference to the shooting incident that killed a four year-old child on November 7, 2021.

The investigation revealed that Groves was in possession of the handgun when he negligently mishandled and discharged the firearm, resulting in a bullet striking two children and killing one. The other child who was struck remains in the hospital in critical condition.

Groves is currently in the Greenville County Detention Center on a $175,000 bond.

Attached are the associated charging documents and booking photo.