An Aiken man charged with shooting three people at South Aiken High School last week following rivalry basketball games was denied bond Friday.
Eighteen-year-old Rakish Breon Jenkins, of Newberry Street in Aiken, is charged with three counts of attempted murder, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and two counts of unlawful carrying of a pistol, according to jail records.
Jenkins was arrested Thursday, jail records show.
According to warrants, Jenkins had in his possession an H&K 9mm handgun on the night of Jan. 27 outside South Aiken High, and did fire the gun "multiple times, striking three victims," who were all taken to hospitals in Augusta and in Aiken.
Magistrate Judge Pat Sullivan told Jenkins he is not to have any contact with any of the victims and must keep 500 feet from them.
During Jenkins' bond hearing Friday afternoon, South Aiken Principal Jill Jett stood behind a glass partition and spoke on behalf of the Aiken County School District and the South Aiken High School community.
Near tears, Jett said the actions of Jenkins and others had caused an "unrest" and struck "fear to the South Aiken family." She added the shooting has "left a lot of people in turmoil."
It's "something we won't forget," she said.
Jenkins' first court date has been set for 9 a.m. May 5 at the Aiken County courthouse.
If Jenkins is eventually granted bond, the magistrate told Jenkins he would release him with an electronic ankle monitor, with a condition he can't step foot on school grounds.
Jenkins said he does not currently have a job.
The Aiken Department of Public Safety said the arrest of Jenkins caps the agency's investigation, which was assisted by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (RAGE) Task Force; the second Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office; the State Law Enforcement Division; the U.S. Attorney's Office of South Carolina; and the Aiken County Public School District.
Public Safety is continuing to encourage the community to call the agency with any information they have regarding the shooting incident. Call Det. Jon Eagerton at 803-642-7740 or CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372).
On Thursday, Public Safety announced the arrest of Jenkins and Dedrick Dashaun Nelson, 18, of Beech Island, both on weapons charges.
Nelson is charged with carrying a pistol on school property and unlawful carrying of a pistol.
Just after 9 p.m. Jan. 27, police responded to South Aiken High, off Pine Log Road, after three people were struck by bullets outside the front entrance of the school. Police said six off-duty, uniformed police officers were at the school because of the expected attendance for the rivalry basketball games. All police officers were carrying their weapons.
Nearly 1,000 students, spectators and guests had attended the girl's and boy's basketball games between South Aiken and Aiken high schools.
The shooting victims were a 13-year-old girl, a 45-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man. Police said all three victims have non-life-threatening injuries.
This week, as a precaution, police added additional officers to Aiken and South Aiken high schools, and the Aiken County Public School District announced additional security measures for anyone attending major athletic events in the county.