Beech Island, SC (5 August 2019, 12:00 pm) – The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is investigating 3 shooting incidents that occurred overnight in Beech Island and Warrenville. On Augusta 4th, around 10:38 pm, deputies responded to the intersection of Atomic Road and Beech Island Ave for a report of a 14 year old Hispanic girl being shot in the shoulder. The victim and her family were on their way home when they noticed a vehicle following them. The suspects began shooting at their vehicle. The victims were able to get away and stopped at 301 Beech Island Ave where they called for help. The suspects fled the area prior to deputies’ arrival. The injured victim was transported to an area hospital in stable condition for emergency treatment.
Around 11:22 pm, on August 4th, deputies responded to 519 Shining Star Lane for a shooting into a home. When deputies arrived at the home, the victims reported hearing sounds of gunfire in the area of their home. The victims told deputies that their home was struck multiple times by rounds. The victims indicated that they did not know who the suspect(s) were and that they fled prior to deputies arriving in the area.
Around 2:26 am, on August 5th deputies responded to a third shooting at 4851 Augusta Road in Warrenville. The victim, a 32 year old female, reported that she was in the bed asleep when she heard shots and was struck by a bullet in her upper right arm. The victim was transported in stable condition for emergency treatment at an area hospital. The victim stated that she never saw the suspects and they fled the area prior to deputies arriving.
Investigators believe that these shootings are linked and are gang related retaliations. Investigators have been working on several shooting incidents were it is believed that associates of victims are choosing retaliate instead of working with law enforcement officials. From Sheriff Hunt: “Taking matters in your own hands is not the way to find justice for victims. We employ witness, victims and citizens to report these violent crimes to us or any law enforcement agency.” Investigators have determined that the 14 year old victim and her family are innocent victims who were attacked by the shooting suspects for no known reason.
If anyone has any information on this case or the whereabouts of these shootings, we ask them to contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 648-6811. You can provide information anonymously through Midlands Crime Stoppers. Your tip could earn you a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for any crime.
Phone tip-1-888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372)
Web tip- www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and click Submit a Tip.