UPDATE: North Augusta officers still looking for gunmen in deadly shooting

By: Sheli Muniz Email
By: Sheli Muniz Email

Monday, Oct. 8, 2012

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Investigators are still looking for the two gunmen involved in a fatal shooting on Sept. 29.

Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. If you have information, contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME SC, text "TIPSC" plus your message to 274637. You can also submit a tip through through Facebook here.

Investigators say there are no new details to report in this case.

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- A 28-year-old North Augusta man is dead after an overnight shooting.

According to the Aiken County coroner, the victim is Travis Smith.

He was pronounced dead at Ridgeview Manor on Bradleyville Road around 3 a.m. An autopsy was scheduled for Saturday morning.

North Augusta Public Safety officers say a witness to the shooting said two black male suspects wearing hoodies approached Smith while standing outside the apartment B-417 with his girlfriend, Bianca Cauthen.

One suspect fired a single shot in the direction of the two as they ran back inside the apartment. Smith was found on the couch inside the apartment with a gunshot wound to his abdomen, according to investigators.

Smith and Cauthen were at the apartment complex visiting Cauthen’s friend, Jessica Smith, at the time of the shooting.

At this time, Public Safety detectives and agents with the State Law Enforcement Division are actively working leads and following evidence connected to the shooting.

No motive or reason for the shooting has been determined at this point.

Both suspects are described as black males, over 6 feet tall and around 160 pounds and should be considered armed and dangerous. One suspect wore a dark red hoodie and the other wore a black hoodie.

Anyone with information about the shooting or the identity of either suspect is asked to contact the North Augusta Department of Public Safety at (803) 279-2121 or lead investigator Det. Jon Nelson at (803) 441-4276 immediately.


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