UPDATE: Man in critical condition after shooting in Augusta

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UPDATE: News 12 @ 6 o'clock/ Wednesday July 31, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) --Investigators have identified the man shot in bed early Wednesday morning as 29-year-old Stanley Matthew Thomas.

He was shot two times in the chest through the bedroom window.
This shooting makes 12 shootings in Augusta, all in just the past two weeks.

Blue light's lit up the sky around 3:00 Wednesday morning on 11th Avenue, after deputies say someone put a gun through a bedroom window, and shot 29-year old Stanley Thomas in his bed.

"I'm at a loss, I didn't have a clue this was going to happen," says Joseph Brown who has been renting this property out for 27 years. He told us that he's never had to deal with anything quite like this. Brown said that it's, "Something I wouldn't even have dreamed of."

Hours later, and less than a block away from the crime scene, a career expo for kids was going on at the Carrie Mays Community Center.

The goal is to get kids to stop thinking about gangs and guns, and start thinking about their futures.

Anthony King is the founder of King's Academy, a youth entrepreneurship group in Augusta. He said, "Some of our kids from the inner city only see the surroundings that they have around them, so it's so important that we come and expose them to all of the choices that they really have."

Which is something LaFrances Stewart is making sure of, so her kids will have resumes in their hands down the road, instead of guns.

Stewart told us, "You gotta keep an eye out, know who their friends are know who they're going out with."

Her son Christopher had the choice of going to the pool today, or coming to the career expo. Christopher said, "I just came down here to see what kind of job I might get when I grow up."

Christopher says he would like to own a business one day, maybe a grocery store, but he knows he has to stay out of trouble to do that. But he says, it's not always easy to avoid it. "Every time when I get out of school there's either a fight or something going on. And I see some of my friends going over there and looking at it. But I just go on the bus," said Christopher.

His mom said that her older son has also experienced some of this violence. "Like my son, my sixteen year old, he's out here, and one of his friends from Laney got shot last weekend. And we just buried him Saturday, so it's a lot going on around here. So you gotta protect them and keep them busy and make sure they're staying out of the streets," she said.

So while investigators piece together the evidence from the latest crime, only one block away, the Future Successors group is hoping to keep these kids looking to their future, and away from the streets.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Richmond County deputies say Stanley Mathew Thomas, 29, is in critical condition at GRU after a shooting on 11th Avenue.

Investigators Thomas was shot twice while sleeping. It is believed that the shooter fired shots through the bedroom window of the home on the 1100 block.

Thomas is recovering after a gunshot wound to the chest, according to a news release.

The shooting happened just after 3 a.m. in Augusta.

No one is in custody at this time, but deputies have a suspect in mind.

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