The 17-year-old honor roll high school student told police he accidentally shot Morris in the eye while checking his gun to make sure it worked properly.
According to a release, New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Computer Crimes Bureau worked collaboratively with the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office and First Circuit Solicitor’s Office in South Carolina in an investigation that led to charges in both states.
Shawn Patrick Rose, Jr., 20, of Woodbine, was arrested May 11 by detectives of the Division of Criminal Justice, who executed a search warrant at Rose’s home, with assistance from the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.
The teen has the mental capacity of a 7- to 12-year-old.
His adult sister had stepped away from the vehicle and returned to find that the car and her brother had disappeared, said Deputy Kimberly Alexander of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
In South Carolina, he faces two counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor filed by the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office in relation to the 13-year-old girl.
“The allegations in this multi-state investigation indicate that, in addition to uploading child pornography, Rose allegedly targeted underage girls on social media sites, engaging in sexual chats and manipulating a victim in South Carolina into providing him with sexually explicit images of herself,” stated Attorney General Porrino.
The teen's lawyer says his client is not only on the honor roll, but plays on his high school football team.
He remains in custody until his next court appearance on Monday."Seventeen, you are not allowed to have a weapon, and they are making it seem like it is OK that he had a weapon, that he had a weapon in his home for protection," said Morris' aunt Shelia Blaje.
Rose was lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Center pending a detention hearing.