News 12 at 6 o'clock, Sept. 21, 2007
AIKEN, S.C.--A 26-year-old man is without his car after an early morning shooting Saturday (September 15) in Aiken at the Waffle House on Richland Avenue. A call just after 4:30AM Saturday morning for a disturbance between two females in the Waffle House parking lot turned into shots fired.
Irving Peterson was hungry. He headed down to the Waffle House on Richland Avenue in Aiken after a night out.
"A lot of people inside waiting on their orders, it was pretty packed," says Peterson.
And it wasn't just packed inside. Aiken Public Safety says about 200 people were outside in the parking lot. Somewhere along the line, someone started shooting off a gun. One of the bullets hit Irving's car.
"It shot out my back windshield," says Irving.
But he didn't hear the shots from inside the restaurant. And neither did anyone else in the Waffle House. Keith Hall was outside when all this happened. He says people were getting into a fight and then, "next thing you know, they were shooting and carrying on."
Two females in the parking lot were causing a disturbance according to the incident report. Several people told officers gun shots were fired. Keith isn't sure how many shots were fired or who fired them. But he does know, his brother's car was hit. And now, Irving is out of a car.
"Just got to sit down until I can get some money to get it fixed I guess. Hopefully, somebody can get it fixed for me," says Irving.
Irving doesn't think he was targeted. Just his car was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Something which doesn't make him happy.
"Mad, you know what I'm saying. I'm just trying to get some food but someone shooting at my window," says Irving.
Irving goes to the Waffle House a lot. But now, that's changing.
"If things like this happen I won't go back. I never know if something like this would happen again. Because my car got hit!"
If you have any information on this shooting, contact the Aiken Department of Public Safety.