***UPDATED at 4:50 P.M. on Wednesday, May 29th***
Tuesday night's deadly shooting in Crosland Park was not a random act of violence, according to Captain David Turno, of the Aiken Department of Public Safety (ADPS). “They're targeted for drugs, or for something someone has that someone else wants, so they're coming there for something, he says.
The home invasion on the 2400 block of Aldrich Street one young life and ADPS officers say it tore others apart…so the first question many of you asked…is it gang-related?
“Absolutely not, there's nothing…surprising that continues to come up, but no…” says Capt. Turno.
A crime watch leader says Crosland Park is far from perfect, but throwing words like that around creates problems: “We have problems just like everybody has problems. Unfortunately, ours are aired a little louder than most of them,” says Jack Knox, of the Crosland Park Crime Watch.
Knox says he knows his neighbors. “We have people who go to work and pay their bills just like anybody else, who get out and walk their dogs like anybody else, and we're not different,” he says.
Down the street, another neighbor says that's true during the day, but after dark. “We go in the house, we shut everything down and we pay attention
to everything,” says Richard Robbins, who says ADPS is paying attention, too, but young people need attention from home. “They don't keep track of the kids, they don't know what the children are doing, so if they don't get guidance from home, they're going to get it from somewhere. They get, 'I'm your family, your brother, you do what I say', they get it from the streets,” he adds.
Robbins says he's had at least three attempted break-ins, a car break-in, and a peeping tom. “They don't have any fear of any justice, any judgement, 'you hurt me, I'll hurt you',” Robbins says.
Back up the block, the answer is to look beyond crime stats and take to the streets. “Show up and get to know us, don't disregard us, it takes a while, but get involved and help us,” says Knox, because he says he won't be scared of his home. “It's one incident, so by no means we gonna hang our head low or be shameful to say where we live at,” he adds.
***UPDATED at 4:22 P.M. on Wednesday, May 29th***
Aiken Department of Public Safety investigators tell WJBF News Channel 6, 4 people have been arrested in connection to a deadly shooting in Aiken's Crosland Park.
Investigators have arrested 17-year-old Leon Jacob Simmons, of Sumter Street, in Aiken; 21-year-old Reshawn Isaac, of Aiken; 18-year-old Brian Morton, of Aiken; and 19-year-old Markese Dequam East, of Aiken.
All four suspects are charged with Murder, Armed Robbery, and Burglary 1st Degree in connection with the overnight shooting on the 2400 block of Aldrich Street, in Aiken.
Agents, Deputies and Officers from the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) RAGE, and members of the 2nd Circuit Solicitor's Office, assisted with the quick apprehension of the suspects involved.
***UPDATED at 12:06 P.M. on Wednesday, May 29th***
A man who died at the scene of a shooting in Aiken's Crosland Park has now been identified.
Shane Jones, 19, was pronounced dead at his residence on the 2400 block of Aldrich Street and an unknown female was transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries after a shooting incident at Jones' residence.
An autopsy was completed Wednesday morning in Newberry, South Carolina where it was learned that Jones died after being shot multiple times.
The Aiken Department of Public Safety, Aiken County Coroner's Office, and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) are investigating this shooting.
***POSTED at 2:22 A.M. on Wednesday, May 29th***
One person is dead following a shooting in Aiken County.
The shooting happened around midnight on the 2400 block of Aldrich Street.
Officials say the suspects entered the home and began shooting. A man was found dead at the scene. The female victim was transported to the hospital and then later released.
Aiken Public Safety officers are interviewing witnesses. At this time it is unclear how many people entered the home.
Count on WJBF News Channel 6 to bring you the latest information as it comes into our newsroom.