AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - On Saturday, Aug. 3 the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office arrested 19-year-old Whyzdom Douse and charged him with murder in connection to the shooting death of a Graniteville teenager who was pronounced dead Friday, Aug. 2 morning at Augusta University Medical Center.
The sheriff’s office also says 20-year-old Harold Bates, Jr. turned himself in early Wednesday, Aug. 7 and has also been charged with murder.
Both suspects are being held at the Aiken County Detention Center.
Authorities responded to an early morning call on Friday, reporting a male subject with an apparent gunshot wound after the subject was brought to the Aiken Regional Medical Centers Emergency Department.
Per reports, the call came in around 1:15 a.m. Officials say this happened in the city limits of Aiken when authorities say 17-year-old Rodrick McMillian was a back seat passenger in a vehicle stopped at a red light when a second vehicle came along side of the vehicle and shot McMillian at least one time. Authorities say, the vehicle believed to be used by the two suspects in the murder has been recovered.
It has been determined by investigators that the shooting incident occurred around 1:00 a.m. on Waterloo Street near Richland Ave.
Authorities say McMillian will be autopsied Friday in Newberry, SC and the Aiken Department of Public Safety is continuing the investigation.
Chief Charles Barranco wishes to expresses his gratitude for the community’s assistance and cooperation in the identification and apprehension of these two dangerous suspects. “It takes cooperation and partnerships to make a community safe. With the apprehension of these two suspects, Aiken became a safer place,” said Chief Barranco