Aiken Standard, Aiken, SC
According to Aiken Public Safety, the suspect in the shooting of Aiken jeweler Porky Bradberry has been identified and is currently in an Augusta hospital in surgery, according to police.
Lt. David Turno said investigators identified Dominique Lemond Lee Fortenberry, 20, of Summerville as the suspect of the shooting that occurred earlier today. Fortenberry is in an Augusta hospital receiving treatment for a gunshot wound.
Once he is released from surgery, he will be arrested, Turno said.
Police say Fortenberry, wearing a flowered dress, entered Porky Bradberry's store in Mitchell Shopping Center on Whiskey Road in Aiken shortly before noon. The subject set his purse on the counter and produced a handgun. The two exchanged gunfire. Bradberry was shot and suffered non-life threatening injuries and has been transported to the hospital. The suspect was shot, but it was not clear where. He fled south on foot into Aiken Estates. Police searched with dogs and helicopters, and declared that the neighborhood had been cleared as of around 3 p.m. The dress has been recovered.
Investigators from Aiken Public Safety received assistance from the Aiken County Sheriff's Office and the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Turno said.