Neighbors say a few light bulbs may have saved man's life

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Sunday, July 28, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- On sunny afternoons, kids and neighbors hang out and chat, but when the sun goes down at Fayetteville Drive, it's a whole different story.

"At night we don't sit out because it's so dark -- so, you can't see what's coming and what's going," said Indian Dunn.

Dunn lives in the neighborhood where a man was killed late Friday night. She says the absence of lights is a concern for her and many others.

"It makes you feel scary if you come out to your car; you don't know if someone will come from behind a building or whatever. You know you are taking a chance," she said.

Dunn says that if the street lights were working then there could have been a chance a memorial for the fallen man would not been needed.

"It will be more safe I think and better upfront. I don't think it probably would have happened like that," she said.

Investigators say Lamar King was shot around midnight. The gunshot wound to the chest ultimately took his life, a life that Dunn says brought joy to her and many others.

"He's a good person, he's a funny person, and to me, I would say a loving person," Dunn said.

The alleged shooter has been arrested and is waiting to learn all his charges, and while many others wonder what will happen to the suspect, Dunn says she isn't. she says right now she can only think about the friend she lost.

"He was a sweetheart and he is going to be missed ... he is going to be missed," she said.

News 12 reached out to management of those apartments to find out if they plan on fixing those lights or if they even own them. News 12 has not heard back from them but will keep trying to get an answer.

This fatal shooting happened Friday night, increasing the number of gun violence in the last week and a half. Eleven people have been shot in Augusta in the past nine days, with five of them claiming someone's life.


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