December 12, 2006
An early morning shooting left an Augusta city worker dead.
Investigators say a paper carrier found 39-year-old Jeffrey Labord early this morning at Doublegate Court and Walden Drive. That's off Highland Avenue, near Gordon Highway.
Later in the morning deputies found Labord's car on McElmurray Drive. They also say his home on Artmus Street had been burglarized.
Investigators are trying to piece together the details that left a man dead in someone's front yard.
Neighbors say it's common to hear gunfire in the early morning hours...and now many of their worries have come true.
The early morning gunshots brought a murder investigation to Teresa Shepherd's neighborhood. Teresa asked not to be shown on camera.
"It was very scary," she told News 12. "And I was right there close to it, up in the room."
Her bedroom overlooks the morning's crime scene, where Jeffrey Labord lay dead. Investigators say a newspaper carrier found his body during the morning route around 5 o'clock, and then Labord's abandoned car turned up on a nearby street a little later.
But officers say the first reports flooded the phone lines much earlier.
"Around 3, the sheriff's department flooded with calls of gunfire in the area," said Sgt. Richard Roundtree.
There were about half a dozen calls, some reporting as many as eight shots in a row. Gunshots are a common sound for this neighborhood, where neighbors often report gunfire coming from the woods.
Teresa fears it's all in range of her home: "You come home from work late at night and you're out at the car and you're like, 'Wow, where the gunshots coming from?'"
For Teresa and her neighbors, their worst fears have become reality. This time, the frequent firing claimed a life.
The autopsy shows Labord died of a gunshot wound to the head. Investigators are still trying to figure out his relationship to the shooter and what lead to his death. So far they do not have any suspects.
If you have any information, you're asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 706-821-1080. A cash reward is being offered.