Hicks Street shooting: a neighborhood nightmare

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, January 25, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga.---You get a knock at the door in the middle of the night. You answer only to find two men flashing guns and demanding money. That's exactly what happened to one Augusta man at 1750 Hicks Street.

Dorothy Clifford is a proud grandmother who has lived along Hicks Street for 8 years. She says a lot has changed. "When we first moved here it was very pleasant but now it's just off the chain."

A shooting Thursday morning left her neighbor in the hospital. Investigators say two men knocked on his door demanding money. Once inside they shot him in the chest with a sawed-off shot gun. The suspects are still on the run. "I'm just ready to move. It's just too bad in the area now," said Dorothy.

Dorothy is head over heels for her 2 year old bundle of joy, and she says safety comes first. She's not alone. Family friend Ella Hickson has grandchildren of her own to think about. So what happened to the neighborhood? "I don't know...just drug dealers done moved in...and too much shooting going on," said Hickson.

Investigators are vowing to bring it to an end. They say they won't stop until the latest suspects are behind bars. "Kinda like a dog with a bone they don't let it go, and this will be one of those cases. These people will be looking at spending the better part of their lives in prison now," said Lt. Scott Peebles.

The victim is 21-year-old Zedric Thomas. Investigators tell News 12 that Thomas says he knew the shooters. He is listed in critical condition at M.C.G. Hospital.

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