AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) — Three shootings that left one person dead are under investigation in Aiken.
Surveillance cameras capture the sounds of gunfire outside Stacey Croft’s home. It’s not the first time a drive-by shooting has happened there. “I was standing right here in the driveway,” Stacey Croft told NewsChannel 6’s Aiken Bureau Chief Shawn Cabbagestalk about the damage to his home and vehicles.
That shooting was one of two that took place on Aldrich Street in Aiken late Tuesday evening. Croft says it happened following the death of his brother several years ago. “They retaliated again for whatever odd reason and shot up the house, he added. “There were 422 bullet holes in the house of my knowledge shell casings picked up things of that nature,” he recalled. He says there were five children inside when the incident happened. “We have kids here who gotta protect these kids,” Croft said. “Like I have to raise these children. Like I’m scared for my life,” he added.
Shortly after that, a third shooting took place. Forty-nine-year-old Charles Bradley was found dead at Hampton Ave and Assembly Street with a gunshot wound. “I jump outta bed and I lay down on the floor and it, I was just so scared,” Mildred Stallings recalled. “I just couldn’t understand. My brother, he jump out the chair. He said, ‘oh, what going on? Why you doing all that booming?’ And then he listen. He said, ‘oh my God, they shooting, they shooting’,” she added.
So far there are no suspects in any of the shootings. “Build a foundation set a foundation for your little one, get your life together,” Croft said. “If people were getting their life together, there wouldn’t be none of this,” he added. “Bad things can happen when you do things to other people and they can come back over here. And, and I just don’t like that,” Stallings said.
Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Aiken Department of Public Safety at (803) 642-7620 or submit a tip to CRIME STOPPERS by using the P3 Tips app or going to CrimeSC.com and clicking Submit a Tip. Tips submitted through Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous and may receive a cash reward of up to $1000