Shooting death rattles Aiken neighbors

By: Gene Petriello Email
By: Gene Petriello Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, Sept. 13, 2007

AIKEN, S.C.---A quiet neighborhood has been rattled by the shooting death of a 20-year-old man. The search is still on for 19-year-old Morris Dorch, wanted for the murder of Prince Shand, Jr. of Aiken and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

All was quiet on Kenmont Street until 12:15AM Wednesday. Neighbors say the death of Prince Shand, Jr. is a shock for all.

Irving Brooks has lived in the neighborhood where Shand was shot and killed for 13 years. He says the neighborhood is usually quiet.

Shand was shot just after midnight on Wednesday. Irving was with him when the shooting began.

"Never, never heard any shots on my block," says Irving.

One neighbor says they don't lock their doors at night. Other neighbors agree: quiet until now. One woman with two young kids who just moved to the area in June says: "I thought this was a pretty quiet neighborhood. But people pulling up and shooting people is crazy."

"Most people that move on this block, they don't start trouble. I mean, I walk up and down the street with people speaking to you and waving," says Irving.

But not all are good. A man who rents out a house on Kenmont Street says his last tenant was "evicted because she abandoned the house. Sometimes you get bad renters."

One of Irving's neighbors works to make sure this street is safe.

"He'll stop me when I'm walking with friends to sit on the porch and talk to me about God and making the right choices."

Prince didn't give Irving any indication something might be wrong.

"If he's going somewhere I'm there with him. If I'm going somewhere, he's there with me. He's like my right hand."

A nation-wide alert is now out for Morris Dorch's arrest. He is considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information on this shooting, call:

-your local law enforcement
-the Aiken County Sheriff's Office at (800) 922-9709
-Crime Stoppers of the Midlands at (888) 559-TIPS

You will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.


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