Aiken area violence set to escalate after 13-year-old shoots half-brother

By: Diane Cho Email
By: Diane Cho Email

December 14, 2006

An Aiken teen is behind bars today, accused of shooting his half brother in the face.

It all started around 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. About a dozen people were arguing on Fairfield Street in Aiken when things got heated. A large fight broke out in the middle of the road, and that's when the 13-year-old pulled the trigger.

Worse, the trouble may not be over.

This afternoon, several Aiken Public Safety officers and Aiken County sheriff's deputies raced down Fairfield Street after getting a complaint about 22-year-old Aaron Goodwin. Goodwin was allegedly threatening to shoot the family in a house there.

When authorities put him under arrest, they also found a small hatchet in the front of his pants.

Aiken Public Safety tells us Goodwin has been harassing the family because that's where Goodwin claims his cousin, Larry Carroll, Jr., was shot yesterday.

"Several parties were arguing over miscellaneous things," said Capt. Maryann Burgess of Aiken Public Safety. "Among them was a cell phone. That led to the shooting."

94-year-old neighbor Sinclair Graham was fixing a Christmas tree on his front porch yesterday when he heard the gunshot ring out from across the street.

"I saw the fellow fall, and two of them carried him down the street," Sinclair told News 12.

What he saw was the aftermath. A 13-year-old had grabbed a shotgun from behind his house at 328 Fairfield Street and pulled the trigger, shooting his half-brother, Larry Carroll, Jr., in the face.

"We no longer have fist fights," Capt. Burgess said. "We have gun battles."

We have not been able to find out about the victim's current condition because he's now been listed as a no information patient at MCG.

Police tell News 12 he had about 15 pellet wounds in his face.

The 13-year-old was taken to the Columbia Juvenile Detention Center after police found him hiding in a shed. He was brought back to Aiken County this morning for a detention hearing and then returned to Columbia.

He was charged with assault with intent to kill.

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