Police release more information about Salley shooting incident

August 8, 2018

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate a shooting incident Tuesday on Rainbow Drive in Salley, which left one man hospitalized.

Deputies responded to the 400 block of Rainbow Drive around 7:21 p.m. Tuesday in reference to shots fired and a person being injured, according to the police report.

Upon arrival, deputies found a 33-year-old Salley man suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the left side of his head, the report states.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital for emergency treatment, police reported.

Investigators spoke to the other men at the scene and determined the incident was the result of a verbal altercation between all the individuals, which occurred at a different location before the shooting incident, according to the report.

One of the men at the scene said he pulled up in a vehicle with the victim following the altercation, and the victim then exited the car with an assault rifle, discharging a single round into the dirt toward a Toyota Tacoma occupied by a 23-year-old Gaston man, the report states.

The Gaston man told deputies the victim fired his weapon toward him and, in self-defense, he fired his shotgun at the victim, which ended up causing the victim’s head injury, according to the report.

There were several other witnesses at the scene who confirmed the story, police reported.

No one has been arrested in this investigation as of Wednesday afternoon, said Capt. Eric Abdullah, with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at 803-648-6811 or CrimeStoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.

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