The two individuals arrested for a shooting that occurred in North Augusta have now been charged in a double-homicide that occurred in Richland County.
Carlos Flores, 18, and a 15-year-old female were both arrested Thursday afternoon during a traffic stop, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office. Flores and the unidentified juvenile, who are connected to a shooting that occurred Wednesday on Amos Court that injured one man, are also suspects in the murder of two men in Columbia which occurred on Thursday, according to Lt. Curtis Wilson with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
The two deceased men were found by deputies Friday in a home on Kentucky Street, Columbia, according to a press release. Investigators said Flores shot both men in the upper body inside the residence after a verbal altercation over drugs. Flores was charged with two counts of murder by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. He’s charged with attempted murder, armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime for the incident in North Augusta.
The juvenile suspect was charged with accessory after the fact, and her case has been forwarded to family court, according to a press release.
Both suspects also had outstanding charges with the North Augusta Department of Public Safety, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.
The suspects were stopped on Interstate 20 in Aiken County at about 4:55 p.m. after they were seen slamming into other vehicles on the road. They were traveling in a gold Chevrolet Tahoe that was reported stolen from the North Augusta area, according to investigators.
At about 7 p.m. on Wednesday, deputies arrived at the scene located on Amos Court and found a man with a gunshot wound to his right thigh. He was taken to an area hospital by Aiken County EMS and was said to be in stable condition.
Investigators were told the victim was approached by a female who demanded his wallet and phone at gunpoint. She proceeded to shoot the victim and fled in an older model gold Chevrolet Tahoe that was driven by the male suspect, police said.
The S.C. Highway Patrol, State Transport Police and State Law Enforcement Division all assisted in the arrests.
Amy Banton is the digital news editor for the Aiken Standard.