Augusta family afraid to go home after shootings

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, August 23, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---One Augusta family has been through quite an ordeal since the week started. Their home was shot up Monday night, and again Tuesday morning, then burglarized Tuesday evening.

Alonzo and Angela Howard said they've had enough and have no choice but to leave their home and move into a hotel with their five kids. The Howards' house, located on Knollcrest Road, was shot at twice and later ransacked. Clothes, shoes, a TV, a radio, and a DVD player were stolen from the home. That happened Tuesday night after the family had already left their house for the hotel.

The shootings came after a confrontation in the front yard of the home. Their 15-year-old son got into a fight with some of the kids in the neighborhood after getting off the school bus Monday afternoon.

The Howard family is currently living at a hotel because they said it's not safe to return to their home.

"You done shot people's house up, you done broke in their house and took clothes and shoes and all this black on black crime. It's got to stop," Angela Howard said.

Richmond County Investigator Tom Johnson said the Howards recently moved in from another neighborhood and said neighborhood kids are causing problems for the family.

"I haven't had any indications that it's gang related, but it's definitely a neighborhood type issue," Johnson said.

Investigator Johnson said they have interviewed and released someone but do not have any suspects at this time.


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  • by unknown Location: richmond on Aug 26, 2007 at 09:37 AM
    i have full regets for the howard family but what i would do is tell the investgator thats on that case wqho the young men was who got in a disbute with your child. what the law enforcement need to do is starting locking up these parents that have these out of control children up an sending thechildren off that's when that is child neglect when a parent can't do anything with there child they need to start haveing security check at all the schools doors book bag search a strict dress code that's sad to say but sometimes the good have to suffer wi th the bad. i really feel for your family right now an that's a shame you have to leave your home when that's the only place you can have peace at but you know god sit high an look down low an who ever at fault wheater it's your child or them there soul will be convited because they of age to no right from wrong anything look supicous i would call the police. and just move your child ouy of that schools because nothing is going to go good.
  • by Terry Location: homemaker on Aug 25, 2007 at 03:01 PM
    "You done shot people's house....black on black crime. It's got to stop." Do I sense tacit approval for black on white crime or white on white, or white on black crime? I agree with a previous poster, Kathy, NC, "I would think crime against ANYONE, regardless of race, should be stopped." My black neighbor just videotaped burglars in the act at his white neighbor's property. I didn't ask what race the burglars were. I'm just glad this good citizen helped out my friend. He was morally outraged by the brazen criminals, shot the video, called the owner and the police. My hero.
  • by Kathy Location: North Carolina on Aug 24, 2007 at 05:56 AM
    I quote from the article: "You done shot people's house up, you done broke in their house and took clothes and shoes and all this black on black crime. It's got to stop," Angela Howard said. Why is it that "black on black" crime has to stop? Is black on white crime OK ? I would think crime against ANYONE, regardless of race, should be stopped.
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