November 13, 2005
Police are looking for two gunmen who shot and killed two men outside an East Augusta nightclub. It happened early Saturday morning around 2 a.m. News 12 interviewed one of the victim’s family members, and they say they’re desperate for some help.
Steve Martin’s family says they’ve talked to witnesses who think they might’ve known the gunman and now they’re begging those that do to come forward and give police a piece of the puzzle that might help solve the case.
It’s the second child that Annie Martin has lost in the past nine years. Just days after the shootings, family members of the victims are already wearing their hearts on their sleeves.
“I thought you grow old and your kid bury you, now I’m burying two. It don’t make no sense,” said Annie Martin, Steve Martin’s mother.
Her son, Steve Martin, died at MCG early Saturday morning after he was shot in the chest outside Gunther’s Lounge.
“He was a good person at heart, always tried to make everyone laugh,” Annie said.
The kind of guy who would try to help a stranger if he thought they were in trouble.
“They was saying he was trying to stop someone else from fighting and the boy ended up hitting him and they got to where they were fighting,” said Tammie Martin, Steve Martin’s sister.
Police say that’s when the fight led outside the bar to the parking lot where the gunmen fired several shots at Martin.
While one suspect was firing at Martin, another gunman was chasing after his longtime friend, Michael Bogans, who was also shot in the chest.
“Steve and Michael grew up together as kids, they been knowing each other since and they run tight,” Annie said.
“Not knowing who did it is the worst part,” Tammie said.
“You can’t give life back, don’t take it,” Annie said.
Having to comfort other family members during the time of grief is an act Annie Martin is a little too familiar with.
Police are still looking for both suspects. The first is believed to be a black male, about five-four, 130-150 pounds, with braids, gold teeth and wearing a blue and yellow jersey. The second suspect is a black male about six feet tall, with light skin and a short afro. One, or possibly both men, may have fled the scene in a tan vehicle believed to be a late model Buick.
Police believe dozens of people were on the scene during the time of the shooting, but left before police were able to get there. If you were one of those witnesses that night, you are asked to contact the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at 821-1080.