The entire interstate is packed with law enforcement vehicles fm everywhere. The Florence Center (formerly called the Civic Center) is right where I-95 and I-20 intersect. Every road is full in the area.
There is a picture of the large family, in the article, where they are all wearing red, with one in a pink/red color. There were other large families that dressed alike, with threads here, the Turpins and the Harts. The stay-at-home dad has a military background and posted a lot about it. If he ran his home like a boot camp, a foster kid might come up with something, that would be sure to get her/him out of there.
This article says none of the children were foster kids so the allegation did not come from a current foster child.
From the article: Rumors have been circulating that some of the children were fostered. A spokesperson for the S.C. Department of Social Services, which licenses foster parents, said “at the time of the incident, none of the children in the Hopkins home were in foster care.
Asked whether the Hopkins had ever fostered children in their home, Social Services spokesperson Pam Bryant said, “As you are aware, the identity and status of licensed foster parents is confidential.”
The article includes a viewpoint from someone who knew the family fairly well, although, she had not spent time with them recently.
All of their 9 children were adopted but they also took in foster children. So I'm not quite clear on whose kids were in the house when the shooting occured. And that article quoted above----they were really scraping the bottom of the barrel to get that info. That woman wasn't a family friend, she was an employee who by her own admission, hadn't seen the kids in several years. Since 1 son is already in prison on theft and forgery charges, a second has been arrested on child rape charges, I think it's safe to say that this former employee's idea of being a "dedicated stay-at-home dad" may be far different than that of "good father".
Man accused of killing, injuring Florence police officers denied request for public defender
Frederick Hopkins was denied counsel because of his wife's income.
October 16, 2018
"FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) - The man accused of shooting seven Florence law enforcement officers, killing one, attempted to acquire a public defender Tuesday morning.
Judge Thomas A. Russo heard the request from accused murderer Frederick T. Hopkins, Jr., 74, who is charged with the murder of Sgt. Terrence Carraway and six counts of attempted murder related to the shootings of three other officers, a Florence County deputy and two Florence County investigators...."
More than 126 guns seized from accused Florence shooter's home
October 16th 2018
"Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott held a news conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss progress being made in the investigation into the shooting of seven officers that left one deceased.
On Oct. 3, Florence County Sheriff's Deputies went to the home of 28-year-old Seth David Hopkins on Hoffmeyer Road to interview him related to a child sex case. His adopted father, 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins Jr., is accused of opening fire, shooting and injuring six law enforcement officers and killing Florence Police Sgt. Terrence Carraway....
Three Florence County deputies remain hospitalized, two of which are said to still be in critical condition. The City of Florence Police officer who was injured has been transferred to a medical facility in Georgia...."
Lott said it took 13 days to process what he's described as a "massive" crime scene, which Lott estimated was six blocks long and 100 yards wide. Officers also had to search every inch of the Hopkins' home, which is about 6,500 square feet.
Lott said when they searched the home, they found two military-style assault rifles and a handgun which they believed were used in the shooting. But when officers keep looking, they found 126 additional guns inside the residence.
The sheriff said Frederick Hopkins knew the officers were coming, and was waiting for them.
"Just going inside the house was chilling," Lott said. "Seeing how it was all set up. The officers had no chance whatsoever."