Shooting in Jackson puts school on lockdown

Authorities are investigating a shooting in Jackson on Monday that left one person injured and put a school on lockdown.


The shooting happened on the 400 block of Fifth Street in Jackson, according to Capt. Troy Elwell of the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office. The victim was shot once in the upper right chest and was awake and talking when transported to the hospital, Elwell said.


The shooting put Jackson Middle School, which is located on Atomic Road, on lockdown, said Bill Burkhalter, Aiken School Board attorney.


The shooting happened toward the end of the day when students were preparing to leave, he said.


Burkhalter said the lockdown was a precautionary procedure, and that by 4:30 p.m., most students had left the school.


Officers from the sheriff’s office and Jackson Police Department were still searching for the shooter Monday afternoon. No arrests had been made at press time.



Woman faces drug, shoplifting charges

A 36-year-old woman is facing drug charges in addition to shoplifting charges after officers allegedly found drugs in the purse she used to allegedly steal from Walmart.


Officers found the woman at an Aiken motel and brought her back to Walmart on Richland Avenue, where she reportedly tried to leave with several Walmart bags filled with merchandise, according to a report.


When an employee asked for a receipt, the woman left the buggy full of items but took her purse that contained some merchandise, according to the report.


While searching the purse, officers found marijuana wrapped in toilet paper and cocaine in a bag wrapped in a dollar bill, according to the report.


About $220 in merchandise was also found in the purse, police said.