Two now sought in fatal Aiken shooting

AIKEN -- The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is now looking for a second suspect in connection with a fatal shooting Wednesday night


According to news releases, 17-year-old Akia Jordan, of 8 Ridgecrest Road, is wanted on charges of murder and assault and battery with intent to kill and two charges of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Police are also searching for 18-year old Maurice Lamont Council, of 96 Carriage Hills Place, Aiken, in connection with the fatal shooting. Both suspects should be considered armed and dangerous.

The shooting was discovered when deputies responded to a residence on T and S Drive Wednesday night and found one adult and one juvenile suffering gunshot wounds, according to a news release.

Sammie Smith, 33, Wadley Drive, Aiken, was shot multiple times and transported to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition at the time of a news release earlier this morning.

The juvenile victim was transported to Aiken Regional Hospital where he was pronounced deceased, the Sheriff's Office said today.

This afternoon, the Aiken coroner identified the dead teen as James Collins, 16, of Aiken.

Coroner Tim Carlton said the victim was apparently involved in a verbal altercation that led to his fatal injuries.

An autopsy today at the crime lab in Newberry revealed that he bled to death, and the case is to be ruled a homicide.

Anyone with information on either suspect can contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at (800) 922-9709 or Crimestoppers of the Midlands at (888) 559-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of between $50 and $1000.



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