News 12 at 6 o'clock/Tuesday April 8, 2014
(WRDW)--"I happened to have fallen asleep on the couch and at about 3:15 am I heard some bangs," said Deborah Rodriguez."About three of them."
Rodriguez says she's lived in the Olde Towne community for 30 years and now, her home is right on the edge of downtown Augusta where early Tuesday morning she heard a commotion.
"It didn't, to me, sound like gun fire," she explained. "It sounded like something hit metal."
Richmond County deputies confirm what she was hearing was, in fact, gun shots happening at 3:17 am.
The Richmond County Coroner's Office says that shooting left 28-year-old Antonio Counts of North Augusta dead.
Investigators say it all started somewhere on the 500 block of Broad Street where a fight broke out.
The altercation then continued onto the road where the victims and suspect hopped on to the ramp to Gordon Highway towards South Carolina. That's where shots were fired.
Deputies say it all ended with the victim's car crashing into a ditch outside of Greg's Gas Plus in North Augusta.
"I think it's unfortunate," said Rodriguez. "I think it's really sad more than anything."
But she tells 12 that even though the crime happened right outside her window, she still feels safe in her neighborhood.
"[My neighbors and I] feel very safe in Olde Town," Rodriguez said. "We don't have problems down here. It's [other] people who bring problems in."
Investigators say they are still working to find out exactly where the fight that led to the shooting started.
Another person was also shot in the leg in this incident and, right now, investigators say they don't have any suspects in the shooting.