Marco Wendell Harris, 32, of Aiken County, was killed early Sunday morning, Feb. 15, around 12:30 at Fox Terrace Apartments in North Augusta (Edgefield County) as a result of what the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office is currently calling a possible unintentional shooting. According to the ECSO, Marco Harris and his nephew, Ezekiel Harris, 21, also of Aiken County, arrived at the apartment complex Saturday for a family gathering. The two had both been drinking and, due to altercations Marco had been involved in at the gathering, it was decided the pair would leave. The two were in Ezekiel’s truck when an altercation erupted between them which resulted in Marco being shot.
As stated, due to evidence at the scene and statements received from witnesses, the ECSO is treating this incident as an unintentional shooting at this time. However, the investigation into this incident is ongoing, and, pending results of forensic reports, additional charges may yet be filed. The gun used in this shooting as well as the bullet were both retrieved by the ECSO from the scene.
Ezekiel Harris is currently charged with using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol/drugs. He was arrested after the incident at the scene and was taken to the Edgefield County Detention Center. He has since been released on bond.
Marco Harris was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the Edgefield County Coroner’s Office, an autopsy performed in Newberry on Monday, Feb. 16, confirmed Marco died from injuries sustained from a gunshot wound to his chest.