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Aiken Man Dies After Shooting on Bettis Academy Road


An Aiken man died early Saturday at a local hospital after being shot on Bettis Academy Road in Graniteville, authorities said.

Richard Carroll, 23, was pronounced dead at 2:32 a.m. by physicians at Wellstar MCG from a gunshot wound to the body, Aiken County Coroner Darryl Ables said.

Aiken County investigators are asking for the public’s help in the homicide.

“Preliminary information identified the intersection of Sage Creek Blvd and Bettis Academy Road as the location where the shooting happened,” sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said.

The Aiken County Coroner’s Office, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and Augusta University Police Department are assisting with this investigation.

If anyone has any information on this on this investigation, they are encouraged to contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at 803-648-6811. Tipster could also send information on this investigation at .

Carroll will be autopsied in Newberry. He was remembered online by his nickname of “Drek.”

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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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