April 6th, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Bi Lo parking lot looks like it always does, but last night it didn't look so normal.
I saw the yellow tape, the police, the little things on the ground, and I said oh wow somebody got shot or something," Tihelia Hunter said.
Around 10:30 last night an off duty Richmond County deputy heard gun shots at Bi Lo on Gordon Highway. The shots fired in this parking lot left one man dead. Michael Hanson, 35, was shot and died at the scene. Deputies say they believe the shooting to be drug related.
One woman says she left just minutes before the shooting and is glad to not be caught in the line of fire.
"Between 10 and 15 minutes. Oh I'm glad God was looking out for me," Hunter said.
Officers followed the suspect vehicle on to the 2100 block of Cook Road. About a mile and a half from the fatal scene.
"When I was getting ready to go to work last night I went up to the intersection and saw all the lights and stuff. I was kind of at a loss of what was going on," said Chaz Walker.
Where most people stop at this intersection. Officers stopped the suspect vehicle and three men were taken into custody. One of them was also shot and is receiving medical treatment.
"At least they were apprehended at the situation, but I'm really shocked that someone was shot," Walker said.
Hunter pulls back into her neighborhood grocery store. Even though she's back the day after, She says now a days you have to be aware of your surroundings no matter where you go.
"That's bad. I mean it's hard to come out the house now just to go to the grocery store," Hunter said.
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office says they have three men in custody at this time. Ricardo Jones, 28, John Lee Scarboro, 27, and Bartrel Griffin are being charged with murder and robbery by sudden snatching. Jones and Scarboro have been committed to Charles B Webster Detention Center. Griffin will be committed after being released from a local hospital for a gun shot wound.