1 arrested, two sought in shooting deaths of three Aiken teens

Three juveniles were shot after an altercation at an Aiken home.
Three juveniles were shot after an altercation at an Aiken home.(WRDW)
Published: Jun. 26, 2022 at 3:12 PM EDT
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AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - Three juveniles died after being shot at a home in Aiken off Wadley Drive.

Witnesses told Aiken County Sheriff’s Office that they heard the victims in an argument with three other black males. After the alleged altercation, witnesses say they heard shots fired.

When deputies arrived, two of the victims were pronounced dead on the scene. The Aiken County Coroner’s Office identified them as 17-year-old Willie L. Garrett IV and 16-year-old Ivan Perry.

The third victim was taken to the hospital by EMS, but later was pronounced dead. He was identified as 16-year-old Cameron Carroll.

Witnesses say three suspects fled the scene before deputies arrived. According to them, three Black males drove away in a black four door Hyundai Elantra or Sonata. The car was last seen turning onto Edgefield Highway.

Developments in this investigation led investigators to 173 Lloyd Town Road, believed to be where the shooting suspects were hiding out.

Xabian U. Bailey, 18 (left), and Alvin Artis IV, 20 (right).
Xabian U. Bailey, 18 (left), and Alvin Artis IV, 20 (right).(Source: The Aiken County Sheriff's Office)

Investigators found and arrested 18-year-old Xabian U. Bailey in connection to the shooting. He was taken to the Aiken County Detention Center where he is expected to be charged with 3 counts of murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Investigators have also identified two additional suspects in connection with the deaths. Investigators are seeking information on the whereabouts of 20-year-old Alvin Artis IV and a 15-year-old juvenile suspect. Both are expected to be charged in connection with this case. The sheriff’s office says these suspects are considered armed and dangerous. Investigators also say they believe the incident is gang-related.

If you have any information about the potential suspects or about the incident, please call the sheriff’s office at (803) 648-6811.

You can also give tips anonymously through Midlands Crime Stoppers at (888)274-6372. Your tip could earn you a cash reward of up to $1,000.

The three teens were students at Aiken High School, the school district released this statement after the incident:

The Aiken County Public School District and Aiken High School families are mourning the loss of three Aiken High School students, 17-year-old Willie Lee Garrett, 16-year-old Ivan Izell Perry, and 16-year-old Cameron De’onate Carroll during an unspeakable act of gun violence Sunday afternoon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of these students and all members of the Aiken High School family.

Aiken County Public School District

The district says counselors will be available at Aiken High this week for parents, faculty, and students who need support.

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