Fourteen people were shot early Saturday morning, police say it appears to be a targeted attack on the eastern edge of Aiken.
Darryl Ables, a coroner in Aiken County, said Craig Youmans, a 30-year-old man from North August, was killed in the final. Youmans was shot several times and declared dead at the scene.
Several people were taken to nearby hospitals for emergency care. The first respondents, including deputies from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Aiken Public Security Department, cared for the wounded on arrival.
The violence broke out around 12 p.m. in front of the Seventh Lounge nightclub along Richenth Avenue East, the sheriff’s office said. Later in the day, masks, broken bottles, cigarettes and torn police tape could be seen in the parking lot.
Witnesses saw people firing at least “rifles and handguns,” said Sheriff Eric Abdullah’s office captain. Investigators believe the shooters drove off with a light-colored Chevy Tahoe.
There was no confrontation or firefight in the parking lot.
An investigation is underway with the help of the Aiken County Coroner’s Office.
According to previous articles by Aiken Standard, in 2018, a man was shot at the nightclub.
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