Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Alexis Blowers and Emmanual Smith (WRDW-TV)
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Two teens have been arrested in connection to the drive-by shooting that injured a 14-year old boy. This brings the total number of arrests to five.
This announcement comes just hours after the Richmond County Sheriff's Office told News 12 about the second and third suspect to be arrested after the shooting Saturday night.
Deputies say 23-year-old Alexis Blowers and 21-year-old Emmanual Smith were arrested Monday and charged with felony counts of aggravated assault.
Their arrest comes after 17-year-old Brandon Hilton was arrested Sunday and charged with aggravated assault, reckless conduct, possession of a firearm and criminal damage to property in connection with the same shooting.
The 14-year-old victim in the drive by shooting on Saturday remains in the hospital.
At last check, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office says the victim is stable but has not been released from GRU.
Additional details will be provided as they become available.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW)- A drive by shooting sends a 14-year-old to the hospital and another teen to jail.
Deputies arrested 17-year old-Brandon Hilton in connection to the shooting on Agerton Lane last night.
"Bop, bop, bop, bop, bop like 3 or 4 gun shots just rang out," said witness Joey Fraiser.
Sounds no one ever expected to hear.
"When I started hearing people hollering that's when we got up and went to the door and the time we walked out to the pizza place there was a kid out there bleeding," said Fraiser.
Blue lights fill the parking lot after shots ring out in a busy shopping center across from Regal Cinemas. Hilton was arrested in connection to the shooting that left a 14 year old laying on the ground with a gun shot wound to the chest.
I've got 4 kids myself and just seeing that because my kids go skating, they go to the movies, that could have been them right there. What's left in the day light is a bullet hole in the front of Jimmy John's. One manager says on a typical Saturday night you can see up to 200 kids out there,
and it was just a matter of time before something like this happened.
"Happens every Saturday night. We've had fights before like right in front of the store and everything, so it's almost like we knew this was going to happen sooner or later. Something this bad was going to happen.
Gibbs says almost every weekend hundreds of teens are dropped off and left unattended.
"That area and other areas that we constantly do our best to monitor as a babysitting sersvice they drop people off and allow their kids to do as they please," said Lt. Lewis Blanchard with Richmond County Sheriff's Office.
The persistent problem has forced other businesses in the area like Limelite, Brusters, and Tutti Frutti to hire a deputy for extra security, but they say last night was their worst nightmare come true.
"Nobody wants to live in a world where we have people driving around shooting a gun out of a car," said Lt. Blanchard.
Officials say it all started with a fight at the gas station next door, but it's something that never should've been taken this far. Hilton is facing several charges including possession of a firearm, aggravated assault, reckless conduct, and criminal damage to property.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW)- The Richmond County Sheriff's Office arrested 17 year old Brandon Hilton in connection to the drive by shooting on Agerton Lane. The teen is facing aggravated assault, possession of firearm, criminal damage to property, and reckless conduct charges. The condition of the victim is still unknown.
News 12 will have more details as soon as they're made available.
Saturday, July 5, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW)- The Richmond County Sheriff's Office confirms there was a drive-by shooting at business across the street from the Regal Cinema.
Deputies say five shots were fired, one bullet landing in a 14-year-old boy. Investigators say one bullet shot through Jimmy Johns window. Another one hit the vacant lot beside it.
Investigators confirm the 14-year-old male was shot in the stomach. He was taken to GRU with non-life threatening injuries. No word yet on the identity of the victim.
Deputies say the suspect left the scene in what deputies believe is a tan SUV or jeep.
Authorities were called to the strip of businesses on Agerton Lane at 10:12 p.m.
News 12 is on the scene and will have details as soon as they're made available.