AIKEN - Aiken authorities are looking for a 22-year-old man they say shot and killed Phillip D. Morris Jr. on Wednesday.
D'angelo R. Jackson, of the 100 block of Troy Lane in Aiken, is wanted on a charge of murder, but could face other charges, said Lt. Michael Frank, a spokesman for the sheriff's office.
The 36-year-old Aiken man was shot once in the stomach Wednesday morning, Lt. Frank said.
Two men had knocked on the back door of Mr. Morris' mobile home on the 1100 block of Horseshoe Bend Road in Aiken shortly before 12:30 a.m., and when Mr. Morris opened the door, one of the men opened fire, authorities say.
Mr. Morris' girlfriend, Joy Henderson, witnessed the shooting but was unharmed.
Deputies found Mr. Morris lying just inside the back door when they arrived.
Lt. Frank said he could not release any other details about the investigation or how they identified the shooter but said detectives hope that finding Mr. Jackson will lead to the second man.
He also will face charges, Lt. Frank said.
"We've got to take the case in little pieces," he said.
Mr. Morris' mother, who lived next door to her son, said her family is trying to cope with his funeral but was happy to hear authorities had identified the man they believe killed her son.
"I'm relieved, but that don't bring my son back," said Elva Randall. "That don't bring my son back ... I just hope they make him pay for what he done, don't let him go free."
Mrs. Randall said she was asleep when the shooting happened but her husband heard the shot.
She called 911, she said, because Ms. Henderson was in shock.
Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Greg Savell at (800) 922-9709 or Crimestoppers of the Midlands at (888) 559-TIPS to be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
Reach Sandi Martin at (803) 648-1395, ext. 111, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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