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Aiken Teen Killed in Shooting Outside McDonalds Restaurant


A 16-year-old boy was fatally shot Friday night outside a McDonalds restaurant in Aiken, authorities said.

The boy, identified as Thaj Nance-Parker, was shot around 7 p.m. Friday at the restaurant at 1157 York Street. Paramedics rushed him to Aiken Regional Medical Centers, where he was pronounced dead a short time later, authorities said.

Officers were reviewing surveillance video in their efforts to locate a suspect. “Investigators are actively continuing this investigation, but no suspect information is available at this time,” Aiken Public Safety Lt. Jennifer Hayes said in a press release.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Public Safety at 803-642-7620 or submit a tip to CRIME STOPPERS by using the P3 Tips app or going to and clicking Submit a Tip. Tips submitted through Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous and may receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Note: If you have a photo of the victim to share, please text it to 803-487-3224.

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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