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Aiken Man is Found Fatally Shot in Driveway


     The Aiken County Coroner’s Office is investigating a shooting incident that claimed the life of an Aiken man.

    On Wednesday night, the Coroner’s Office responded to the 1200 block of Aldrich Street, Aiken, SC after the body of a male was found on the driveway of a home. The discovery was made by officers patrolling the area after a call of shots fired shortly before 11 p.m.

    The victim, identified as 31-year-old Earnest S. Croft was pronounced dead on scene from at least one gunshot wound to the body. Mr. Croft will be autopsied in Newberry.

The Aiken Department of Public Safety is continuing with the investigation.

(Note: If you have a better photo or memory to share of Earnest Croft, please text it to 803-487-3224).

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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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