Investigators arrest two men for fatal shooting in Charleston County

Aaron White (Source: Al Cannon Detention Center)
Aaron White (Source: Al Cannon Detention Center)
Da'Quintez Jermont Gadsden (Source: Al Cannon Detention Center)
Da'Quintez Jermont Gadsden (Source: Al Cannon Detention Center)

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Charleston County investigators have arrested two men for a fatal shooting in the North Area of the county.

Aaron Jordan White, 18; and Da'Quintez Jermont Gadsden, 18, are both charged with murder, attempted murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and first-degree burglary, according to Charleston County Sheriff's Capt. Roger Antonio.

The Charleston County Coroner's Office said Michael Bryan Cooke, 41, was pronounced dead at the scene and died from gunshot wounds.

The surviving victim provided a description to police of a man in his 30s wearing a black hat, according to an affidavit. Investigators later determined two younger high-school age males were in the area at the time of the shooting and viewed surveillance footage of the students entering the campus of Greg Mathis Charter High School at approximately 11:07 a.m. Friday, the affidavit states.

Detectives learned both entered the school together and that both appeared to be sweating, investigators said. One of the two men was seen wearing a black hat that matched the description provided by the shooting victim, the affidavit states.

White confessed to detectives that they entered a home with the intention to commit robbery and said he brandished a .40 caliber handgun and attempted to rob both victims, the affidavit states. Detectives said White admitted to shooting both victims multiple times after an altercation took place.

The affidavit states White told detectives he was ultimately responsible for the shooting but said Gadsden was with him at the time. After the shooting, White told detectives they both went to school.

Deputies responded Friday morning at approximately 11 a.m. to the 3000 block Matipan Avenue to a reported shooting.

Deputies found Cooke near the front yard of a home. They also found a second shooting victim nearby. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Earlier in the day, entrances to the neighborhood were blocked off and a sheriff's office helicopter was overhead as authorities searched for a gunman in the area.

People who live in the area say they are concerned.

"I've been here since '79 and it seems like every night there's a shooting somewhere and it needs to change," resident Neaella Drayton said.

White and Gadsden were set to appear before a bond court judge Saturday morning, but both waived their rights and will remain behind bars.

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