LAURENS, S.C. (WSPA) – Two teens are behind bars after a man was shot and killed in Laurens.
The shooting happened right outside a home near the intersection of Fleming Street and Sumter Streets.
According to a police department news release, police received a call around 8:30 a.m. Friday about shots fired on Fleming Street, and when officers arrived on-scene, they found one person dead.
The victim was identified as Kimori T. Godfrey, 21, of Laurens.
Police began to investigate the homicide and later identified Azaerion Dykazious Jones, 19, as a suspect in the case.
Laurens County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted in locating Jones and he has since been arrested and charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
“It’s a sad day in Laurens. This is the second homicide in a week. It’s very troubling and it’s very disturbing,” Laurens Police Chief Chrissie Latimore said. “We have two families that are devastated. The victim and the suspect. We have two families who have loved ones who aren’t coming home.”
Chief Latimore told 7 News the investigation is far from over.
“We’re going to tie up loose ends. Continue interviewing individuals, collecting information, collecting evidence,” Latimore said. “See if we can’t find out what happened, why it happened the way it happened, and see if we can’t prevent something like this from happening again.”
In the meantime, police are asking the community to be extra vigilant.
“Any time you see something, call us and let us know,” Latimore said. “No matter how minute you think that piece of evidence or that piece of information may be, call us and give it to us anyway.”
At this point in the investigation, it’s unclear if the victim and the suspect knew each other, and the motive behind the crime is still under investigation.
Jones was taken to the Laurens County Detention Center. His bond hearing has been set for Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Laurens Police Department Municipal Court.
A second person, Nakerrius L. Pressley, 19, was arrested and charged with obstruction of justice in relation to this case.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was also called in to assist with processing the crime scene, according to the release.