Aiken man arrested in connection with fatal shooting of 18-year-old

Landon Stamper, Aiken Standard, S.C.
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May 4—A man has been arrested in connection to the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old in Aiken last week.

Reggie Jones, 21, of Aiken has been arrested and charged with murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and discharging firearms into a dwelling, according to arrest records.

On April 25, Aiken Department of Public Safety officers responded to the area of Barnwell Avenue N.W. and Kershaw Street N.E. for a call of shots fired at approximately 12:23 a.m., according to an incident report.

Two teenagers were sitting inside a vehicle near an apartment complex on Barnwell Avenue at Kershaw Street at 12:18 a.m. when shooters fired into the vehicle, striking Joseph J. Copeland, 18, according to the coroner.

A teenager took Copeland to the emergency room. The coroner responded at 1:40 a.m. to Aiken Regional Medical Centers where Copeland was pronounced dead. He sustained at least one gunshot wound.

Blakeley Bartee contributed to this report.