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11/30/04

Police Arrest Campus Shooting Suspect

After almost two weeks on the run, Terry Isaacs is behind bars. Deputies say he shot Daron Morgan outside Battery Creek High School in Beaufort County. Now, he's in a Mississippi jail after a family member turned him in to authorities.

Deputies say Isaacs, 20, of St. Helena Island got in an argument with 20-year-old Morgan outside of a Battery Creek basketball scrimmage and shot him.

For two weeks, Isaacs stayed on the run and under the radar, while Morgan recovered at the hospital. But Sunday morning, Isaacs showed up in Starkville, Mississippi, and his grandmother promptly called the local sheriff who arrested him a few hours later, without incident.

We talked with Oktibbeha County sheriff Dolph Bryan yesterday. He said they didn't even know Isaacs might be headed to their area, even though his family has lived in the Starkville area for a long time.

Isaacs is in the Oktibbeha County jail awaiting extradition. On top of assault and battery with intent to kill, he's also facing several unrelated charges, including criminal sexual assault on a minor and fleeing to evade arrest.

Neither Isaacs nor Morgan are students at Battery Creek, and school district officials say neither of them were even at the school to watch the game. They say it's an unfortunate coincidence that the shooting happened there.

We tried to talk with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office to see when they planned on bringing Isaacs back, but they refused to talk to us.

Reported by: Chris Cowperthwaite, ccowperthwaite@wtoc.com

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