Luke Scammell, 18, and Raven Thornton, 30, both of Aurora, appeared before Lawrence County Associate Circuit Court Judge Scott Sifferman on Monday, Nov. 18 in Mt. Vernon. Both are charged with two counts each of first degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.
Scammell and Thornton both pleaded not guilty. They were ordered held in the county jail in lieu of $500,000 bond each. No reduction in the bond was ordered. Both were scheduled for disposition hearings on Dec. 9 before Sifferman.
Scammell and Thornton were arrested following the shooting of two people were shot while walking across the parking lot at the PriceCutter grocery store in Aurora at 6:10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14.
According to a statement of probable cause released by Sgt. A.R. Vaughan, of the Aurora Police Department, Scammell and Thornton, drove to grocery store and approached Johnny Ferguson and Kelsey Gunter, who were walking across the parking lot. Scammell fired approximately five .40 caliber rounds at Ferguson and Gunter, with two rounds striking the victims. Two rounds traveled into an occupied building and one round traveled into an unoccupied vehicle.
Both of the victims were hospitalized suffering non-life threatening injuries.