Shooting on Five Notch Road
A man suffering from a gunshot wound was taken to a Wal-Mart in North Augusta, Tuesday, Nov. 3, where is was later discovered by responding law enforcement that the victim had been shot in Edgefield County. According to a spokesperson with the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office, is was discovered the victim had been at 893 Five Notch Road in North Augusta (Edgefield County) with at least three other people when one man began playing with a firearm. That firearm apparently discharged and hit the victim in the upper right area of the chest.
Those at the scene decided to transport the man by car to seek medical assistance. However, being from Augusta, the men were unfamiliar with the area and so took the injured man to the Wal-Mart to seek help. North Augusta Public Safety, as well as medical personnel, then responded to the Wal-Mart. The injured man was transported to a local hospital. His injuries were described as non-life threatening, and he is expected to recover from this incident.
The victim in this shooting was uncooperative with law enforcement. However, the ECSO was able to ascertain that this was an accidental shooting. As such, the ECSO is not charging anyone in regards to this incident. However, NAPS found a firearm on one of the men who was with the victim at the Wal-Mart. That man was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.
Attempted Murder Charges Added in Johnston Drive By Shooting
Attempted murder charges have been added in the drive by shooting incident that occurred on Waterworks Road in Johnston, Sept. 8, 2015. Bryson Holsonback of Aiken and Christopher Dale Gray of Trenton, who were arrested by the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office shortly after the crime, have both been charged with this additional charge. These new charges are in addition to their original charges of discharging a firearm into a dwelling.
At least four rounds were fired into a home on Waterworks Road on the night of the incident. Shell casings were found at the scene and confiscated as evidence, and eyewitnesses were able to provide a description of the vehicle used in this crime. Two people were inside the home at the time of the shooting, but they were not hit, and no physical injuries were reported.
Man Chases Stolen Motorcycle in Edgefield County
The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Mile Bridge Way, Wednesday, Oct. 28, after the agency was advised by the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office that a man was chasing his stolen motorcycle into Edgefield County. According to a report on the incident, the man had reported his motorcycle stolen with the ACSO on Sept. 9. Then, on Wednesday, he saw his motorcycle being driven by a suspect he had been told had stolen the vehicle. The man followed the suspect on the stolen motorcycle down Hwy 191 until it turned onto Franklin Road. From there, he chased the suspect to the aforementioned residence where, after an attempt to turn the motorcycle around, the suspect crashed the bike into a fence. The suspect then got off the motorcycle, threw his helmet to the ground, jumped the fence, and ran off into a field.
An investigator with the ACSO as well as units with the ECSO, including their bloodhound team, responded to the scene. A perimeter was established, but the ECSO was later informed by the ACSO that they had received information that the suspect had been able to make a call and have someone come pick him up. At that time, the bloodhound unit and perimeter were cancelled.
The stolen motorcycle was released to its owner. The damage to the fence was estimated to be around $100. There were no injuries reported as a result of this chase or the crash.
Auto B&Es at Menardi Criswell
The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office responded to multiple reports of automobile break-ins at Menardi Criswell on Maxwell Drive in Trenton, Tuesday, Oct. 27. According to the ECSO reports, four employees stated that they arrived at work at approximately 7:00 in the morning. At their lunch breaks, the four reported that they came out to the parking lot to find that their cars had been broken into. In two of the cases, the front passengers’ windows were broken out to gain entry into the vehicles, and in the other two instances, the rear windows were broken. Among the items stolen were purses, multiple credit and debit cards, and cash. One employee was able to report that she went for a break shortly before 9:00 and her vehicle was secure at that time.
The ECSO did process the scenes for possible evidence and is continuing to investigating these crimes.