Man charged in Christmas Eve shooting, home invasion
An Aiken man was detained in connection with a Christmas Eve home invasion, during which a man was shot in the face, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.
Jamal Raheem Richardson, 17, was charged with attempted murder, first-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. He was placed in the Aiken County detention center, where he remained on Friday afternoon.
Aiken Public Safety responded to a home invasion on Mockingbird Lane in Aiken just after 9 a.m. on Dec. 24. One victim, 20-year-old Cody Leonard, had been shot in the face but was able to speak with officers, according to a sheriff’s report.
Investigators obtained statements from multiple victims inside the home, who said three unknown black males entered the home and held them at gunpoint, the report stated. They threatened to shoot the victims and demanded narcotics and money, police said.
One suspect reportedly went over to Leonard and shot him in the face while he was lying on the floor, police said.
Leonard was last reported in stable condition.
One of the victims said the three suspects had knocked on the door of the home the night before and asked to purchase narcotics, according to the report. The victim said he told them they don’t sell narcotics, at which point the suspects left.
The first officers on scene engaged in a foot chase with the suspects, who witnesses said ran into a vacant home on Robinhood Trail, police said. Law enforcement made entry and found no one inside. Multiple agencies, including the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division, aided in the search for the suspects.
The Sheriff’s Office is still seeking two more suspects in connection with the case; however, the only descriptive information the report lists is that they are black males with black hair and brown eyes, and that one was wearing a camouflage hoodie while the other was wearing a dark-colored hoodie.
Richardson was charged in October with second-degree burglary and grand larceny in connection with a burglary in the Houndslake subdivision, according to Aiken Public Safety. A 16-year-old boy was also charged in that incident.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.