North Augusta police seek public's help in solving Travis Smith's homicide

John Thomas, the director of North Augusta Public Safety, gives an update on the homicide of Travis Smith, who was shot Sept. 29 at Ridgeview Manor Apartments. Thomas sought the public's help.

NORTH AUGUSTA — North Augusta Public Safety is asking for the community’s help in solving the homicide of Travis Smith.

Smith, 28, was shot about 2:45 a.m. Sept. 29 at Ridgeview Manor Apartments off Bradleyville Road. According to police, a witness said she was talking with Smith in the breezeway in front of an apartment when two men in hooded sweatshirts walked up.

She ran inside and heard a gunshot.

Officers found Smith inside on a couch with a gunshot wound to his upper torso.

Police haven’t identified the motive for the shooting or the suspects, Public Safety Chief John Thomas said during a news conference Thursday.

“It’s almost like it was calculated and planned; we just can’t figure out where they came from or what the intent of doing harm to this individual was,” he said. “For some reason, there’s information out there and people are reluctant to give it to us, and I really don’t understand why.”

North Augusta Public Safety is working with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Task Force that includes North Augusta Public Safety, Aiken Public Safety, Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

They are also in contact with other law enforcement agencies in the state, Thomas said.

“We are continuing to follow every lead that we have,” he said.

So far, forensics testing has revealed that the weapon was a .38- or .357-caliber, he said.

Thomas promoted the Stop the Violence rally, which is being organized by Smith’s sister, Tyesha Simmons.

“We certainly support what she’s trying to do,” he said.

The rally will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Lions Memorial Field. The goal is for the community to take a stand against violence and to encourage people to come forward with information.

The event will include speakers and a balloon release in remembrance of victims lost to violence.

A $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible is still available, Thomas said.

Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers at (888) CRIME-SC or North Augusta Public Safety. Representatives from Public Safety will be present at Saturday’s rally, where people can speak with them.

Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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IF YOU GO

WHAT: Team Boskie presents Stop the Violence rally

WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Lions Memorial Field, 619 W. Buena Vista Ave., North Augusta

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