Suspect Stephen Foreman brutally shot 13 year-old girl. (Source: yahoo.com)
The Aiken Department of Public Safety has arrested Stephen Foreman, who they believe shot Ashton Rickard, 13, inside the Whisky Road Walmart. Keep reading to know more about the suspect Stephen Foreman and What happened in the Aiken Walmart shooting in detail.
Suspect: Who is Stephen Foreman?
According to the Aiken Department of Public Safety, a man was taken into custody after a gunshot that happened Wednesday night at a Walmart in South Carolina that injured a 13-year-old girl.
According to the Department of public safety, Stephen Foreman, 32, of Aiken, was charged with attempted murder and having a firearm while committing a violent offence on Thursday.
Stephen Foreman. (Source: Facebook)
According to the incident report, Foreman called the Department of public safety while officers were responding to the Walmart and claimed to be at the KFC fast food outlet less than half a mile away.
Foreman was arrested and lodged at the Aiken County Detention Facility. According to jail records, no bond has been set, and Foreman is still detained.
Previous Case History:
Stephen Foreman, the suspect, has previously faced charges of gun violence. Police in Aiken are familiar with him.
Foreman was accused of tying up his brother and parents in their home on Interlachen Court, leading to his arrest in May 2019 on abduction and weapon possession charges.
According to the newspaper, the incident happened at a home on Interlachen Court and involved a 65-year-old man, his 62-year-old wife, and their 32-year-old son.
The elder brother claimed that Foreman ordered his brother and parents to the corner of the living room after emerging from his bedroom carrying a sawed-off shotgun.
The report says:
“The younger brother threw some black tape to his older brother and told him to tie up his parents while pointing the gun at his brother. The older brother taped up the leg of his parents and then his legs before the younger brother taped up his older brother’s hands. The younger brother was going on about robbing a bank and other ‘jibberish’ and other nonsense.
When the younger brother heard the family run out, he grabbed the father’s wallet and several handguns and ran to a black Ford Expedition and left the area.“
Prior to returning upstairs, Foreman also snatched the keys to the older brother’s gun safe and cell phones. The family managed to free themselves from their ties, and they fled to the woods behind the house while dialling 911 on a phone the mother had hidden in her chair before they were tied up.
The next day, the suspect turned himself in to police. He was found to be in possession of four firearms and a large amount of ammo.
The absence of the 2019 case from online court records suggests that the charges were dropped. Bill Weeks, a lawyer, was unavailable for comment right away.
Foreman pled guilty to two charges of pointing and presenting a firearm in January 2021, according to Ashley Hammack, deputy solicitor of the Second Judicial Circuit Office, and was given a mental health court sentence.
Aiken Walmart shooting: What happened?
According to a news release from the Department of public safety, officers responded to a complaint of a shooting at Walmart at 2035 Whisky Road at around 7:30 p.m. That is close to Aiken’s downtown.
According to an incident report, the 13 year-old-child Ashton Rickard, who had been shot in the abdomen and arm was discovered by the police. The youngster was pale, unresponsive, and showing signs of shock.
Ashton Rickard.(Source: Facebook)
According to the press release, the police assisted the child until EMS took them to a nearby hospital. There was no news on whether the victim’s injuries are considered life-threatening, nor was there any other information on her condition.
A black Colt 1911 semi-automatic handgun was discovered on the lowest shelf of the cards department after Foreman told police he had thrown a gun on a Walmart shelf, according to the incident report.
Officers discovered a.45 calibre shell casing when they were examining the crime scene. There is no known connection between Foreman and the victim. Police claimed they didn’t know why Foreman shot the juvenile girl despite the arrest and accusations.
The department of public safety said,
“There is no known relationship between the victim and the suspect,”
“There is also no known motive at this time. This investigation remains active and ongoing.”
The department of public safety claimed there was no danger to the general public when the gunshot was first reported.
A normal evening of shopping at the Whisky Road Walmart ended with people hiding and terrified for their lives.
Victim Health Condition:
The victim, Ashton Rickard health condition has been updated on social media by the victim’s family and friends. In her leg, her main artery and bowels were both struck by the bullet. Although the bullet couldn’t be removed, the hole has been patched. While currently recovering, Ashton is steady.
They have taken X-rays of her arm to check for any fractured bones where the bullet entered her body before entering her abdomen. It was revealed this evening that she will undergo a second surgery to complete the repair to her colon and evaluate the first repairs, perhaps later today or tonight, depending on her body.
She has undergone one operation already and is in stable condition, but she still has a long way to go, her uncle Jamie posted on Facebook. She might undergo at least two more operations today.
Ashton Rickard’s family has asked that she be kept in their prayers for a speedy recovery. They added that they are grateful for all the relatives and friends who have supported them during this difficult time.
According to the report, a 44-year-old victim was also shot in the store.
According to an arrest warrant, Foreman shot the victim in the abdomen with the intent to kill and committed the crime of attempted murder.
Walmart’s comment was issued by Katy Bohl, senior manager of Walmart Media Corporate Communications.
Bohl said in an email
“Senseless violence like this is inexcusable, especially involving a teenager. Our thoughts are with this young girl and her family, and we’re hopeful for her healthy recovery,
Additionally, counseling services have been offered to our associates.We’re grateful for the swift response of law enforcement and will work with them in every way possible during their investigation.”
Another body found in Walmart?
According to the Columbia Police Department, a body was discovered on the grounds of the Walmart Supercenter on Garners Ferry Road on Tuesday. This event is unrelated.
No foul play is believed, according to authorities, and the body was found inside a car in the Walmart parking lot.
Help the Investigation!
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Detective Celina Dobbs at 803-643-2121 as the case is still open.
Foreman has no bond and is being held as an inmate at the Aiken County jail. Both the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and the Aiken Department of Public Safety arrived on the site.
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