Monday, May 26th, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Imagine leaving a graduation party and being shot just days before you're supposed to walk across the stage and get a diploma. That's what happened to one Westside High school student.
High school seniors were celebrating at a private party at the James Brown Arena when shots were fired. Witnesses say it all started with a fight.
The shooting started in this parking lot injuring two girls.
One of the victims, 17-year-old Terriona Searles says they were leaving the party when shots were fired. She fell down when people were running, and was shot in the leg. Terrionia's supposed to graduate from Westside on Wednesday, and now she'll be walking across that stage with crutches.
Hugh Addison said he can't imagine something like that happening to his child.
"I wouldn't know what to do. I'd be hurt and frustrated. That would probably make me want to do something. I'd be crushed, and I'm sure any other parent would feel the same way," said Addison.
Hugh who is raising an 8-year-old worried that kids start to mimic what they hear.
"Be careful what you have your kids listen to, and watch because to them it seems like it's cool to do and rap some of the music that they've got going on but the stuff that they're going is happening out here for real," said Addison.
Hugh says he doesn't feel safe walking around the area after dark, and this latest shooting just makes matters worse.
"They're going to be very leery first it was the river front, and now it's over here," said Addison.
The other victim, also a girl only has minor injuries. Investigators are still looking for the two suspects involved in last night's shooting.
If you have any information, call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.