News 12 at 11 o'clock / Friday, June 15, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The search continued Friday night for a man accused of shooting at a Richmond County deputy early Thursday morning.
Now residents of the mobile home park where the shooting happened say they won't feel safe until the suspect is in custody.
Investigators say Joaquin Hogan and two others robbed the Waffle House on Gordon Highway Thursday morning. They then led deputies on a chase that ended in Raes Creek Mobile Home Park, where they say Hogan exchanged gunfire with deputies around 2 a.m.
Luckily, no one was injured during the chase or the gunfire, but on Friday night, residents were worried about someone getting hurt if he's not caught soon.
"Ain't no telling who he'll shoot at," said resident Amber Dollison. "If he'll shoot a cop, he'll shoot anybody."
Dollison and her four kids live in Raes Creek Mobile Home Park.
"It's scary knowing that all the kids are out here and he's running around here somewhere," she said. "It's real scary."
Deputies spent the afternoon searching the area for Hogan.
"We got family and everybody and it's not like they're just little bitty kids, there's kids everywhere in here that everybody worries about," Dollison said.
"You don't know if they are hiding under the trailer, you don't know where the person is," said neighbor Sasha Seavers. "Something must've went on. All the police were out here, so we just don't know -- we're just clueless."
Police say Hogan, Willie McNair and Montravious McNair robbed the Waffle House on the 2000 block of Gordon Highway. They then sped off down Gordon Highway and the chase ended up in the mobile home park.
Deputies arrested the other two, but Hogan, whose street name is "Cali," is still on the loose. They've been searching all over, including the mobile home park, where Dollison said she doesn't feel safe in her own home.
"Not right now I don't," she said. "Before all this happened, I did. Eventually, once they catch him, I'll feel safe knowing that he's behind bars where he should be."
Some residents are taking extra precautions.
"On the inside of our doors, we got it bolted up now and I got my whole back door nailed and spot welded," said resident James Wall, who added the bolts to his door over the past few days.
Others, though, said they aren't too worried.
"I don't think the guys still around," said resident Jerri Cobranchi. "I mean, I think he'd be stupid to stay in the neighborhood knowing this is where the cops were looking for him."
As of Friday around 11:30 p.m., they were still searching.
Hogan is considered armed and dangerous, so deputies are asking the public not to approach him. He has a criminal history of burglary and theft and is currently on felony probation.
If you have any information on Hogan, call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.