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Police release more information into fatal shooting at Bea’s Club in Aiken

January 11, 2019

The Aiken Department of Public Safety has released more information on the fatal shooting that occurred Monday night at Bea’s Club in downtown Aiken.

Officers responded to the club at 306 Hampton Ave. around 11:20 p.m. Monday in reference to shots fire, according to the report.

Upon arrival, officers observed a black male lying on the ground in front of the club, police reported.

The victim, identified as 36-year-old Marcus Simpkins, had a gunshot wound on his right side in the mid-section of his abdomen and was conscious when police initially arrived, the report states.

Officer rendered medical aid to Simpkins until EMS arrived to the scene to transport Simpkins to Aiken Regional Medical Centers for emergency treatment, police reported.

A short time after arriving, doctors said Simpkins succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead just after midnight Monday, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

Investigators at the scene spoke to a witness who claimed the shooter was in a black vehicle that pulled out in front of him outside the club, according to the report.

The witness gave officers a tag number for the car and said the vehicle pulled out of the parking lot and turned north onto York Street, police reported.

Officers driving nearby saw the vehicle reported by the witness and initiated a traffic stop, the report states.

The driver was questioned, but investigators found no evidence to connect him to the shooting, police reported.

As of Wednesday afternoon, investigators are still working to identify a suspect in the shooting.

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