A convenience store owner who shot a 14-year-old boy in the back has been charged with murder, South Carolina authorities say

A South Carolina convenience store owner has been charged with murder after allegedly chasing a 14-year-old boy and shooting him in the back after suspecting the boy of shoplifting, authorities said.

The child, Cyrus Carmack-Belton, had gone into the store in Columbia around 8 p.m. Sunday and was confronted by the owner, who accused him of shoplifting, according to Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott.

“He did not shoplift anything. We have no evidence that he stole anything whatsoever,” the sheriff said in a news conference Monday, adding that even if he had, “that’s not something you shoot anybody over, much less a 14-year-old.”

The store owner, identified as 58-year-old Rick Chow, was arrested and charged Monday with Cyrus’ murder, according to the sheriff’s office.

Rick Chow

He was denied bond at a Tuesday hearing, and court records show that his first appearance is set for June 23. CNN has attempted to reach Chow’s attorney, James Snell, for comment.

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