Deputies seek suspect in club homicide

By: Stephanie Baker Email
By: Stephanie Baker Email

News 12 First at Five, July 9, 2007

AUGUSTA, GA--Investigators say someone shot an 18-year-old in the middle of a crowded dance floor. It happened at 2:20 this morning at Club Super C, in the 2700 block of Tobacco Road.

Investigators say this is the first murder at Club Super C, but it's certainly not the first time they've been out there. People who live and work nearby say they see blue lights all the time.

This morning, the parking lot was filled with deputies trying to figure out who killed 18-year-old Stedmund Fryer inside the crowded club. Pete Costello lives just down the street, and he says he wasn't surprised. The sound of gunfire in the middle of the night is not uncommon.

"People hang out in the street. If there's too many in the club, they're in the parking lot." He said.

This area is also a problem for nearby businesses. One pawn shop owner says he gets a lot of late night break-ins, and he suspects it might have something to do with the large crowds coming from the club into his parking lot.

Records from the Sheriff's Department show they've responded to everything; from trespassing, to theft, to aggravated assault with a weapon.

"We have responded to that area in reference to shootings, in reference to fights. It has been a hotspot of ours for the past several years." Said Sgt. Richard Roundtree.

Monday's homicide makes the 30th incident reported in this area in just one year. Sergeant Roundtree says someone shot Stedmund fryer in the middle of the dance floor, packed with about 200 other potential witnesses.

"That leads us to believe the victim was the intended target, based on the proximity of the shot and the boldness of the shooter." Sgt. Roundtree said.

"I saw it on the news. It's not the first time, and it's not going to be the last time." that's Pete Costello's fear--that trouble will continue right down the street from his home.

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  • by Mrs. Racial Location: Hephzibah on Jul 12, 2007 at 11:19 AM
    I do not understand regardless though sadden by the death of this young man, the reason they want to close Super C's. First, and for most, this city does not protect its own (black and white) because of cut backs in the police department. The commissioners want to base crime on past incidences that happen at Super C's,; that's not fair, that's not right. Some examples: 401, child abuse, domestic violence, child rape and molestation, and killings. WHERE ARE THE COPS!!! Reagrdless of the numerous complaints at Super C's lets have a killing at a college. Opps we already did. Do you know what I'm talking about? Did they shut the college down (Virginia Tech)? Those individuals were 18 and older and suppose to come form stable environments but it only took one student to take the lives of many innocent students in a two hour span. If this should happen in Augusta, where would the fault lay? The presient of the college or the police department. I know it is very unfair to close the club down. Why didn't they closed down Silver Bullet when a woman was raped and killed? I don't want to think it was because it was a white club!!! Are all white clubs doing great? Especially the country club with itsprominent citizens receiving D.U.I.s but that's not reported. As far as the neighborhood, crime and violence happens everyday and Pete should know that it is not localized. Andy Cheeks is trying to present himself as someone godly. He has no buisness trying to run and destroy Augusta into the ground. They have found yet another way to bring a black man down. Keep your head up Charles!! You have some who still support you.
  • by Red on Jul 12, 2007 at 12:58 AM
    '"... Through the violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes."'Martin Luther King. First let me send my prayers to the Fryers. Attending Super C's that night was a devastation and uncomfort. Age is not the issue, there are plenty of mature teens and many immature adults. With that being said myself as a productive teenage mother who attends Super C's sundays alot asks the commentors what will closing the club and changing the age requirements of 18 to 21 do? This is not going to change these people from wanting to fight, its not going to stop the gangs, its not going to stop anything. What is needed is more security and better equipment for checking for weapons. I can vouch for the club that they check everyone maybe not to the best standards towards the feet which is where I think is the only way that boy got a gun in there unless someone who works there had something to do with it also but it's sad that this happened and the fact that Super C's has a list of complaints is irrevelant. Someone was killed and I feel who ever did that was a coward , it could've just remained as a fight or nothing at all but to kill that man like that was wrong. I hope that the police find you and justice is served. I did not know you but RIP Stedmund Fryer........
  • by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2007 at 07:19 AM
    its real sad how things have to happen!!! now yall need to look and make the neghborhood safe because u never can tell whats going to happen!!!!!!!!
  • by Terry Location: homemaker on Jul 10, 2007 at 06:52 AM
    I hope law enforcement keeps checking commentso on previous article named "18 year old shot and killed on dance floor", looks like there are some clues there. Don't overlook the comment from "da streetz iz mine" about the dog, etc. (motive?)
  • by Teresa on Jul 10, 2007 at 05:43 AM
    It must be awful to grow up with the only goal is to be in the right gang and kill people. Is this Augusta or is this Detroit? These kids need to see what it's like to get an education and REALLY live the good life. The American dream. It doesn't have anything to do with hate and violence. There is a way out, but you have to work for it the right way. Not by killing and doing wrong.
  • by Active Duty Military Location: Augusta on Jul 9, 2007 at 10:50 PM
    I'm stationed at Fort Gordon and drive by this club every day; sometimes in the wee hours of the morning. I have to say I have always been concerned about my safety when I pass this club. People walking in the middle of the road at night, cars pulling out fast and racing. It has been an accident waiting to happen, why do we allow this place to stay open and be a meeting place for crimminals. Close down the place!
  • by Benny Location: Augusta on Jul 9, 2007 at 08:38 PM
    This/these killings are simply childish, trust me when,why,and wherever there is a gun in the hands of a youth something childish is bound to happen.I mean these kids are just that kids with guns.Maybe they are not mature enough to understand just how final death truly is.How else can it be explianed that so many of them actually feel they have the right andor reason to take someone elses life into thier hands and then without regret snuff it out.As a product of these mean streets having made it out I can fear for the lives of my young boysand hope things get better quick.
  • by TAY Location: AUGUSTA,GA on Jul 9, 2007 at 08:04 PM
  • by simsbrooks on Jul 9, 2007 at 06:36 PM
    This is another spot for kids and young adults to gather and sell drugs, break in cars and shoot each other to death!! I'm sick of it!! shut it down, close it up, or expect for this to happen again and again.
  • by Big D Location: Augusta on Jul 9, 2007 at 05:45 PM
    First of all anyone who has been in Super C's will agree that it is grimey as soon as you get out of your car. I have seen kids as you as young as 16 smoking weed and turning up beer bottles right next to grown men and women.That place can hold maybe 100 people comfortably, but 200 no freaking way. The owner of the club welcomes all the drinking, fighting, weed smoking, drug dealing thugs that Augusta has to offer... AS LONG AS THEY HAVE MONEY. Super C is a safe haven for all the criminal activity allowed. We act all suprised that a gun was in the club. Half the club has a gun on them. The bouncers check the men (occassionally), but they only check the womens pockebooks. And if you know the bouncer.. then you can walk in without either. There has been people shot, stabbed and stomped into a mudhole every weekend for 2 YEARS NOW and it takes an 18 year old kid to lose his life for the community to wake up. We shouldve woken up a year or two ago, and had that place shut down and possibly given this young man a chance at life. We as a community are just as much to blame as the owner. The police can only do so much as the law lets them. 200 plus people and no one comes forward... AMAZING. GUESS THEIR IS NO UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY.
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