One of two suspects in a Sumter shooting turned herself in after commenting on an article posted to a local newspaper’s Facebook page.
According to The Sumter Item, Kimberly Denise Burgess, 30, turned herself in to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, after commenting on a story by Item reporter Kayla Robins about the arrest of Aireal Lakeia Johnson, 24, in connection to an incident where a 7-year-old boy was shot.
Johnson had been charged with four counts of being an accessory after the fact of attempted murder and discharging a firearm into a dwelling; criminal conspiracy; breach of trust; larceny for failure to return a rented object; and obstruction of justice.
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After her arrest, investigators say that Johnson then implicated two others — Burgess and her husband Rodney Jermaine Burgess, 33.
In the original incident that happened on Feb. 1, 2018, a 7-year-old boy and his cousin were asleep when several shots were fired inside a residence in the 5800 block of Broad Street, near Shaw Air Force Base. The 7-year-old was struck in the leg and two other bullet holes were discovered in the home. The cousin was unhurt, the shooting victim is expected to fully recover, and no motive for the shooting has been released.
Investigators also uncovered information about a 2017 Jeep that was reported rented through a fraudulent insurance policy under Johnson’s name.
Burgess made the comments on The Item’s Facebook page about the search for her and her husband on Monday evening. She turned herself in on Tuesday.
The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for Rodney Burgess. Anyone with information about his location should call Crimestoppers at (803) 436-2718 or the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 436-2022. Callers can remain anonymous and may receive a cash reward for their information.