AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 2 men in connection to a shooting that happened Monday morning in North Augusta.
According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to a home on the 300 block of Serpentine Ave. near Border Dr. at around 6:44 a.m. When they arrived, deputies found a victim with scrapes and contusions on his arms and side. The victim reportedly told deputies when he left his home, he saw 3 white men in a dark color Ford truck blocking the road. He says he tried to help them move the truck out of the road, then 2 of the men began to assault him.
The victim says he retrieved a gun from his vehicle and the suspects began shooting at him. The suspects then fled the area in the truck.
As more deputies responded, they spotted a black 2019 Ford F-250 driving on Knox Ave. away from where the shooting happened. Deputies and North Augusta Public Safety officers pulled the vehicle over and detained the 3 men inside. Two of those men, 41-year-old Thomas Joseph Arnold and 45-year-old Eric Christopher Byron, were arrested and taken to the Aiken County Detention Center without incident. The 3rd was released.
Arnold is charged with attempted murder and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. Byron is charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. Investigators say the investigation is still ongoing and more charged may be coming.