The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an early-morning shooting on Wednesday that left one man dead and another injured.
The shooting happened on Balltown Drive around 1 a.m. Wednesday, according to a sheriff’s report.
A 27-year-old man was transported to Georgia Health Sciences University, according to a report. A 25-year-old man was treated at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
One of the men died, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office. The statement didn’t indicate which man.
The 25-year-old man, who was reportedly driving the vehicle, told officers that they were sitting in his 1996 Ford Explorer at the corner of Balltown Drive and Jack Jones Street around 1 a.m. when his vehicle was shot multiple times, according to the report. He said his vehicle wasn’t starting but that he finally got it started, “and that’s when he heard gunshots and thought that someone was shooting into the air,” the report stated.
The driver said he realized the shots were hitting his vehicle and took off Jack Jones Street toward S.C. 19. His passenger, the 27-year-old man, wasn’t speaking and slumped over onto the driver when he made the turn onto S.C. 19, according to the report.
Broken glass and shell casings were found at the scene by investigators, according to the statement.
Capt. Troy Elwell said the investigation is in its early stages but is believed to be drug-related. No suspects have been identified, and limited information is available.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 800-922-9709, or CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at 888-CRIME-SC. Callers can remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of between $50 and $1,000.