Man shot at Titan Auto

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

News 12 at 11, November 24, 2007

Augusta, Ga. --- Richmond County investigators said it all started with an argument over a car not being fixed properly and fighting over who would pay for it.

A man shot in the chest at Titan Auto. It happened around 5:40 Friday afternoon. When deputies arrived they found the victim, Marcus Sparks lying outside the business with a gun shot wound to the chest. He was immediately transported to MCG where he was listed in critical condition.

"After talking to the suspect, the actual argument was based over his vehicle not getting fixed properly and him wanting the money returned from the shop," Richmond County Investigator James Kelly said.

Investigators said Sparks and the suspect, 24-year-old Darnell Luchie were inside Titan Auto in the front office. Investigators said people were inside the shop at the time of the argument. They heard the gun shot and ran to see what was happening. That's when they saw two people inside the car, flee the scene.

"The vehicle that the suspects left in had fled East bound on Riverwatch and officers had located it at 15th and Greene and took a suspect into custody," Inv. Kelly said.

Investigators said Darnell Luchie was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. They said the shooting was not a random act.

"Wasn't random. I mean they went up there with the intentions of arguing about the money. A shot was fired. Suspect said he was sorry and just in the wrong place at the wrong time," Inv. Kelly said.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Aiken on Nov 27, 2007 at 07:38 PM
    Luchie did get caught in sc two or three times. He only got probation. And the guy almost died. Just because he was in the army don't matter. If he won't to shot peoples. Then George Bush need to send him to fight in the war. But I don't think it's right to let him go that easy. He need to get some time. If not he will never learn his lesson. He will keep thinking it's ok to go around and shot others. I don't think it's safe around him. Because you will never know when he may just pull out his gun and start shotting at you. I really think he is dangerous. But most of all. He need to do the time for his crime. So maybe he want be so quit to pull out a gun to shot someone. I think he meant to shot that man. Because why would he be carrying a gun for. Peoples don't just carrying guns for nothing. Unless you planning on doing a crime. He had no reason for a gun. He's not a police. But he call his self a security guard at AGY Aiken Plant. I don't think they are safe out there.
  • by lachandra Location: martinez on Nov 27, 2007 at 07:02 PM
    Well i did business with Mr.Sparks and he was a great person very nice i went there and he got me what i wanted all in the sameday it took all day but i was happy
  • by traci Location: AUGUSTA on Nov 26, 2007 at 10:54 AM
    I HATE THAT MR.SPARKS FROM TITAN AUTO GOT SHOT. BUT HE HAD THIS COMING. HE TAKES PEOPLES MONEY & WILL LIE TO YOU WILL NOT REFUND. I KNOW THIS B/C HE DID IT TO ME.I GAVE HIM 7000.00 FOR A SET OF WHEELS. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO TAKE 30 DAYS THAT WAS IN JULY.HE TOLD ME TO GIVE HIM MORE MONEY(EVEN THO I HAD A SIGHNED RECEIPT FROM HIM ON THE AMOUNT)OR TAKE HIM TO COURT TO GET MY MONEY BACK.AND THAT HE DIDNT CARE HOW MANY TIMES I CALLED & TEXT HIM.SO I DID. AND I FILED A COMPLAINT W/THE BBB.HE HAS NOT ANSWERED EITHER OF THE LETTERS.I SAVED ALL TEXT MESS.FROM HIM.WE WILL BE GOING TO COURT VERY SOON,AND IM JUST GLAD HE DIDNT DIE SO I CAN GET MY MONEY BACK.ITS A SHAME PPL LIKE TITAN AUTO(MARCUS SPARKS)EVEN HAVE A BUSINESS LICENSE...I ACTUALLY FEEL SORRY THAT THE GUY THAT SHOT HIM DIDNT DO IT THE LEGAL WAY..EVEN THO IT TAKES LONGER TO GET YOUR POINT ACROSS-IT WORKS IN THE END..JUSTICE SWEET JUSTICE.!
  • by mike Location: ridgespring on Nov 26, 2007 at 10:30 AM
    they should fix people cars and trucks right amd u wouldnt have this problem.all they do is rip people off!!!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: AIKEN on Nov 26, 2007 at 04:39 AM
    I don't know if he's sorry.BECAUSE this is not his first time shotting someone. You need to look at his SC record.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 25, 2007 at 05:30 AM
    have car ready before u take money from people.that what happen when doing bad business
  • by Monique Location: Augusta on Nov 25, 2007 at 02:11 AM
    Another thing is that Luchie has approached Mr. Sparks before with means of starting trouble. So in my eyes it was an intentional act. In which he got caught and as far as Luchie being in the army they need to punish him as well.
  • by Monique Location: augusta on Nov 25, 2007 at 02:07 AM
    What do you mean this wasnt a random act. From what I hear Mr. Luchie have committed the same act of violence where he is from which is in carolina and have gotten away with it. Just so happens he has done it again and have gotten caught. Then for him to say he's sorry is not exceptable. He went looking for trouble with the intentions of hurting someone with a weapon that probably wasnt registered in his name, probably brought from off the streets and have shot someone. If you ask me that is attempt with knowledge of knowing what he was going to do. If nothing like that was not supposed to happen why approach Mr. Sparks with a handgun. Luchie meant to do what he did and he needs to be put under the jail.
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