Man faces charges in 2 drive-by shootings

Investigators arrested Brandon Keith Ingram, 21, for the murder of Rickie L. Harden, 44, who was shot to death in a drive by shooting on Abbeville Avenue in Aiken on April 16.

The Aiken Department of Public Safety charged a man Tuesday in connection with a fatal drive-by shooting in April, the second time he has been connected to a shooting in the last month.

Investigators charged Brandon Keith Ingram, 21, with murder in the death of Rickie L. Harden, 44, who was shot on Abbeville Avenue in Aiken on April 16, Capt. David Turno said in an e-mail.

Ingram was already in Aiken County Jail in connection with a drive-by shooting early May 21 at Breckenridge II Apartments on East Martintown Road in North Augusta. George Drumgold, 33, of Augusta, was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg.

In the April shooting, officers found Harden’s body at his home in bed with a gunshot wound to the head.

Turno said Harden’s wife woke up when she heard the shots and was not injured.

Turno said ADPS Chief Charles Barranco requested assistance from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, the Regional Anti-Gang Enforcement Task Force, Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, North Augusta Public Safety and Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

“This task force, with help from the 2nd Judicial Solicitor’s Office and Public Safety investigators, worked tirelessly to develop the information needed to issue the arrest warrant for murder,” Turno said.

Ingram also is charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and two counts of attempted murder.

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