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Aiken Cops: 2 Men Fired Shotgun Shell from Flare Gun


A bizarre shooting outside the Auto Zone in Aiken has led to charges against two Edgefield County men.

Aiken police say the suspects modified a 12-gauge shotgun shell and fired it at another man using a flare gun. “The round struck the vehicle the victim was sitting in, but did not hit the victim,” Aiken Detective Jeremy Hembree said.

Tanner McCary, 20, of Edgefield (left), was charged Saturday with discharging a firearm in city, assault & battery and disorderly conduct. Corbin Griffith, 18, of Trenton (right), was charged Saturday with discharging firearm into city, assault & battery, disorderly conduct and marijuana possession.

“Mr. McCary was the driver and Mr. Griffith was the front seat passenger,” Detective Hembree said.

The motive? Apparently, Griffith had an issue with the victim communicating with a female friend. “The victim was led to believe he was meeting the female” at Auto Zone, Detective Hembree said.

Oddly enough, the female friend was also arrested. Valerie Walters, 17, of Augusta, was charged with minor in possession of beer, disordery conduct and open container.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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