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Aiken man charged in connection to a shooting incident at his home

July 24, 2018

An Aiken man was charged Friday in connection with a shooting incident at his Cummings Road residence earlier this month.

Dominique Edward Johnson, 26, of Cummings Road, is charged with discharging a firearm into a dwelling, according to jail records.

Johnson is also a hold for the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, records show.

Aiken County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Cummings Road on July 11 around 4:30 p.m. in reference to a shooting and met with a 52-year-old man who lived at the residence, according to the report.

He told deputies he was in the back garden with his 73-year-old father, picking watermelons, when he heard a loud pop come from inside the home.

The man, who is the father of the suspect, said Johnson and a woman were the only people inside the residence; he ran inside and confronted Johnson, who claimed he “accidentally” shot the gun, causing damage to the ceiling.

Johnson then fled the scene before police arrived.

Deputies also reported the front door of the home had a glass storm door, which had been completely shattered.

Investigators searched the scene and determined the shooter “had to be on the outside of the residence shooting into the residence,” according to the report.

The suspect’s father claimed there had been an argument with Johnson prior to the shooting concerning him living at the home rent free, the report states.

Deputies searched the area, looking for the suspect, but were unable to locate him.

Johnson was arrested on Friday and taken to the Aiken County detention center, where he is still being held Monday morning.

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