James Island man charged in mother’s shooting remains in hospital

A James Island man charged in his mother’s fatal shooting last week continues to receive treatment for a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to authorities.

John Thomas Schaefer was hospitalized at Medical University of South Carolina after authorities say he shot his mother, Carole Schaefer, before turning the gun on himself on Jan. 3 at their home on Oceanview Road.

Charleston County sheriff’s spokesman Andrew Knapp said the 56-year-old man remained hospitalized on Jan. 11. A bail hearing will be scheduled for Schaefer once he is able to participate in the proceeding.

The Sheriff’s Office released an incident report on Jan. 11 detailing the shooting.

A deputy was initially dispatched the afternoon of Jan. 3 to Schaefer’s residence at 1234 Oceanview Road to assist first responders for reports of a possible stroke, the report states.

As the deputy approached the backdoor of the residence, a firefighter came out of the home and said, “It looks sketchy, there is a lady dead in a chair,” according to the report.

The deputy found Schaefer’s 83-year-old mother shot in the head while seated in a chair in the dining room. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her son lay in a pool of blood next to a rifle in the kitchen area, moaning in pain from a gunshot wound to the face. Firefighters had to pin Schaefer to the ground when he tried to reach for the gun, the report states.

Schaefer was rushed to the hospital by paramedics while deputies cordoned off the crime scene.

Schaefer is charged with murder.

Reach Steve Garrison at 843-607-1052. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGarrisonDT.

James Island man charged in mother’s shooting remains in hospital

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