Weekend murder may lead to teen club closing

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, July 2, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---A murder this weekend may force one business to close its doors.

The shooting happened early yesterday morning at Club Platinum, formerly known as Tinted Windows. It's the second major crime linked to the popular teenage club in the past month.

A man is dead, and a 16-year-old is charged with his murder. Two other teens are in custody and being questioned. But the bigger question is: is the club the problem?

Club Platinum's new owner Rakeim McMorris doesn't think so. " We did everything in our power to assure the kids safety so i don't feel we should be shut down."

But Richmond County Investigators aren't so sure. After an aggravated assault and now a murder linked to the club in the last month.

"The tragic thing about this case is it's another example of a senseless murder in the streets of Augusta." says Richmond County Investigator Sgt. Richard Roundtree.

24-year-old Nicolas Carpenter died Sunday morning shortly after being shot in Club Platinum's parking lot.

Investigators say 16-year-old Denzel Ward pulled the trigger.

Witnesses to the shooting say a Grey car pulled up in the parking lot and stopped across the parking lot. Someone in the car then started firing several shots toward the club, one bullet fatally striking Carpenter.

"It was just shocking to me to think that someone would shoot across the parking lot like that and kill someone." says McMorris.

Investigators say the shooting was in retaliation to a verbal fight earlier that night, a fight that started inside the club.

"Close all the teenage clubs down. If you're not 18 or 21 i don't think you should be in the club." Words spoken by 24-year-old Trammell Walker. A man who used to frequent this same club as a teen.

But his friend Deon Ware disagrees, adding he'd let his 14-year-old son come to Club Platinum even after hearing about the shooting.

"I think they shouldn't close the teenage clubs down because it gives the kids somewhere to go."

Owner Rakeim McMorris just bought the troubled club last year and says he'll continue to work hard to turn the club's image around and make it safe for everyone. "So what we're going to do in a proactive approach is hire more deputies inside and outside to prevent this from happening in the future."

The club will be reopen Wednesday night (July 4) for business as scheduled.

No word on when Officers plan to complete their investigation on Club Platinum, but Sgt. Roundtree says there is a possibility the club could loose it's license and be forced to shut down

Investigators say the fight was between two groups fighting over their respective neighborhoods: Southside and Barton Village. They will not say at this time if it was in fact Gang activity but they are investigating the possibility.


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  • by mandy Location: altoona,pennsylvania on Nov 24, 2007 at 09:06 PM
    rest in peace nick it seems that everyone that posted those comments forgot one thing... a man died i man that i remembered and still will, you deserve peace, and i hope you have it boo boo
  • by Fatimah Location: Fort Gordon on Jul 10, 2007 at 05:18 AM
    I think it's ridiculous that our youth are killing one another. We have to find ways to unify our culture, and not divide. I don't think the club should be shut down. The fact is violence is a re-occuring issue that we must address. The club is not causing violence. The club needs to get extra security officers to keep the business and the people safe from future crimes.
  • by pinka Location: Augusta on Jul 9, 2007 at 11:25 AM
    This is for rick,ka tie, and tanya denzel is my friend and he is not a thug for your information he's smart and very atheletic he got jumped (fought by more than 1 person at the same time) that night and the boy just was in the wrong place at the wrong time he even apologized for what he did wrong IT WAS A MISTAKE so get off of my boy NUTS!
  • by KIM Location: AUGUSTA on Jul 5, 2007 at 04:13 PM
    IFEEL IF THEY CLOSE THE CLUB THRY WILL FIND SOMEWHERE ELSE TO GO GIVE THE OWNER A LITTLE MORE TIME TO TRY AND GET THINGS STRAIGHT
  • by Jane Location: Augusta on Jul 4, 2007 at 09:28 PM
    I taught the shooter. Club or no club, the shooting would have happened anyway! The violence of "neighborhood" gangs is getting worse and one teen club is not going to compound a problem that already exists. Curfews will probably not do much and locking them up will probably do even less - more teens in jail, test scores go down, the number of reoffenders will probably inc, etc... As an educator, I'm not sure what to do. As a parent, I will make sure my children don't add to this growing problem.
  • by FELICIA Location: AUGUSTA on Jul 4, 2007 at 06:30 PM
    Rick and arming yourself will make things better. From my understanding, some one gave the young boy the gun, what a 16 yr old kid needs is to be at home with his parents. i grew up here and we didn't have a teen club. teenagers need to be at home by 10 o clock and not hanging out in a club or in the street. Please parents get ahold of your childern, if you notice there build more jails and cemetaries. and i know Denzel Ward and he is a very good boy and respectful kid. He just got caught up with a wrong situation... i will be praying for both families because they both lost something a child..
  • by Elaine Location: richmond county on Jul 4, 2007 at 06:39 AM
    Tanya, there is no place one can move where there is no crime.If there is,please let us in on that secret place.Raising a child is the parents responsibilty ill regardless of the local.These so called thugs are the results of parenting disorder,lack of positive role-models in their environment.Indeed,it is depressing and it is troubling.So,what can the community do to help with this problem beside mummerling and complaining.Build larger thug jails or come up with something positive to help redirect a lot and dyeing geneeration of young people.
  • by no name Location: augusta on Jul 3, 2007 at 10:09 PM
    i dont think the club should close thats where the kids go and have fun and you shouldnt stop ther fun for one problem and i fate mr.carpenter because why is he in a teenager clud that for the kids 18 and younger and you need to start making it that way and none of this will happen.by a person who be in platinum to see what goes on.it start wit the hood throwing up they need to stop that childish stuff cause thats not fun you suppose to go to the club and have fun .
  • by joe blow Location: augusta ga on Jul 3, 2007 at 06:54 PM
    I believe closing down the club is truely a good idea. But also should remain open for those kids who only have good behavior and passing grade should be allowed with a pass. Most problems start in the parking lot and thats were the police should step in and do there jobs. Put them in jail for hanging in the lot
  • by Amy Location: SC on Jul 3, 2007 at 01:10 PM
    Closing this is exactly what they need to do. This place is nothing but a place for thugs to do their dirty deeds. Make a curfew for the kids in Augusta and start locking them up if they do not abide by the rules. This would cut out alot of problems!
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