Man shot to death while delivering newspapers

By: Stephanie Baker Email
By: Stephanie Baker Email

News 12 at 6:00, July 14, 2007

AUGUSTA, GA--A man was shot to death in downtown Augusta early this morning, and Richmond County investigators are looking for the person who pulled the trigger. They say 23-year-old Donald Hugh Gamble, Jr. shot 29-year-old Wuamaine Eugene Rickman in the 200 block of Walker Street.

Investigators say drugs may have been behind the murder. News 12 talked a man who goes to church nearby, who says violence like this is destroying the neighborhood.

Deadly gunshots fly, right near a bunch of houses and Benjamin Ivey's church.

"Everyone is lacking morals. And it's just, it's really getting out of hand. And you just hate to see it happen in your community." Ivey said.

Neighbors in the community say it happened right in front of some homes. Quamaine Rickman was delivering newspapers. He got out to talk to Donald Gamble and one other man, and things got heated. Sgt. Richard Roundtree says they got into an argument, and that's when shots started to fly.

"The witness stayed in the vehicle. Once the shots were fired, the victim attempted to flee in the vehicle, the vehicle was struck several times as it fled the scene." Sgt. Roundtree said.

Rickman was also hit in the back. The witness drove him to the Medical College of Georgia, where he later died. Rickman is now Augusta's 17th murder victim this year.

Benjamin Ivey says that number is far too high: "We have to try to rebuild our communities and put our kids back into the church. Until we do that, we're giving up on our own kids."

Investigators are looking for Gamble and the other man. They found drug-related items inside the house where Gamble was staying, and they think that could have something to do with the shooting.

Investigators say both gamble and the victim knew Stedmund Fryer. He was shot to death early last week at Club Super C; however, they don't think this shooting is related.

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  • by KARMEN Location: FL on Aug 16, 2007 at 03:45 PM
    It's hard to tell someone NOT to worry,That everythings gonna be okay....when you know that it isn't! So I'm not going to say that. But what I will say is, Aunt Betty keep your head up, and always remember that GOD knows what you're going through. I love you so much!!! The clouds WON'T always be cloudy. "ALWAYS BE ENCOURAGED"! love, KARMEN ;-)
  • by Angela Location: Ft Walton Beach Fl on Aug 2, 2007 at 08:07 PM
    Qua, was a father, a son, a brother, and a great friend. There is nothing worse then telling your 9 yr old daughter that her father was killed. This was over some absolute dumb crap. My baby hurts daily I am here to wipe her tears. So for the the stupid a** hole that decided to take Qua's life. i wish the best for your family because i now know what it is like to lose someone close and believe this b***ard will spend the rest of his life behind bars and they possibly might feel a fraction of what the family of the victim is going through on the account of stupidity......
  • by KARMEN Location: FL. on Jul 27, 2007 at 10:50 AM
  • by betty Location: fl on Jul 19, 2007 at 09:06 PM
    l think that was realy ****** up that you *** killed qua you should be put in front of a firing squad
  • by denise on Jul 16, 2007 at 09:36 AM
    To Alvin: I hate to break it to you like this, but the crime has nothing to do with Augusta having or not having summer jobs for young people. It has everything to do with the way these young black males have been raised....mostly without fathers. They are raised knowing more about drugs and violence than education and Jesus Christ. They have no respect for anyone, not even themselves, so taking another life is no big deal to them. Why can't everyone get that? When a child is raised in a violent manner, they grow up to be violent. Check the stats on that one and you'll see that I'm right!!!
  • by alvin Location: downtown on Jul 15, 2007 at 07:16 PM
    the things that are happen to the young people it should not happen their are too many deaths in augusta and you just dont no what to do anymore if augusta had some kind of summer jobs for the young people maybe a lot of this would not happen
  • by corey Location: augusta on Jul 15, 2007 at 06:11 PM
    Why in the Hell do Augusta Chronicle put people on corners like that anyway. I see those kids and just feel sorry for's either freezing cold or blistering hot.......and then they have cash on them..........and we know that's not a good idea with all the robberies and murders in our area.
  • by Sheila Location: Beech Island on Jul 15, 2007 at 02:57 PM
    It saddens my heart to hear about this shooting and all other shootings in the past but until we get some people who are able to do something and will do something this will not stop.
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