Sumter woman turns self in after commenting on article about being wanted for boy's shooting on Item's Facebook page

First suspect already detained, husband remains at large


One of the two suspects who had warrants for their arrest in connection with the shooting of a 7-year-old Sumter boy joined a third suspect in jail.

Kimberly Denise Burgess, 30, of Sandy Run Drive in Sumter, turned herself in Tuesday morning without incident after eluding authorities since the Feb. 1 shooting inside a home on Broad Street.

She has been charged with four counts of being an accessory after the fact of attempted murder, criminal conspiracy and breach of trust, and larceny for failure to return a rented object.

The child was reportedly asleep when several shots were fired inside the residence near Shaw Air Force Base in the 5800 block of Broad Street about 11:30 p.m., striking him in the leg, according to Ken Bell, public information officer for the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. A cousin he was sleeping next to was not injured.

Two other bullet holes were discovered in the home from bullets that did not hit anyone, Bell said.

He said there is no known relation between the child and Burgess. A motive has not yet been released.

Investigators uncovered information pointing to the suspect vehicle being a 2017 Jeep that was reportedly rented through a fraudulent insurance policy under the name of Aireal Johnson.

Aireal Lakeia Johnson, 24, of White Pine Court, was arrested on Monday. She was also charged with discharging a firearm into a dwelling and obstruction of justice in addition to the accusations handed to Burgess, according to Bell.

Bell said Johnson admitted to the conspiracy for fraud and implicated Burgess and her husband, Rodney Jermaine Burgess, 33.

Kimberly Burgess was commenting on The Sumter Item's original story on Johnson's arrest and search for her and her husband Monday evening, the night before she turned herself in.

Authorities are still actively searching for Rodney Burgess, he said.

Anyone who sees him is asked to call 911, the Sumter County Sheriff's Office at (803) 436-2022 or Crime Stoppers at (803) 436-2718 or 1(888)-CRIMESC.

Callers can remain anonymous and may receive a cash award for their information.