Man charged with attempted murder in Saturday shooting


A man accused of shooting another in the face Saturday night in Langley has been charged with attempted murder.


Kevin Brian Claeys, 37, of Augusta Road, has also been charged with pointing and presenting a firearm, burglary, two counts of kidnapping and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, according to an e-mail from Aiken County Sheriff’s Capt. Troy Elwell.

According to the incident report, deputies were called about 8:30 p.m. to the first block of Gray Street in response to a disturbance with a gun. When they arrived, they were told a man armed with a gun had fled.

Driving around the area, a deputy heard a gunshot and screaming and found a woman holding Oscar Sanchez-Espinoza, who was bleeding from the face.

The woman told deputies she and Sanchez-Espinoza were eating nachos on the porch when Claeys approached them with a gun and told them to go inside, according to an incident report. As they were walking in the house, Sanchez-Espinoza turned around to look at Claeys and was shot in the face.

As deputies searched for Claeys, they received a call for a burglary in progress on Jackson Street. When they arrived, a woman ran from the residence yelling that there was a man with a gun in the house with her mother.

Deputies surrounded the house. Soon, Claeys emerged with the mother, threw the gun and surrendered.

Elwell said investigators still have not established a motive for the shooting. Sanchez-Espinoza is expected to survive.



Sat, 11/25/2017 - 00:06

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