Deputies give details on 24-year-old’s slaying in Augusta

Richmond County Sheriff's Office
Richmond County Sheriff's Office(WRDW)
Published: Jan. 19, 2021 at 3:48 AM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A shooting early Tuesday left one man dead and another injured in Augusta, according to authorities.

At 12:15 a.m., the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 1100 block of Peters Road, the Allen Homes, to investigate a report of gunshots.

Arriving officers said they found a dead male, later identified as Jerome Bates, 24, of Augusta, in the parking lot with at least one apparent gunshot wound.

Deputy Coroner William Leisey was notified and responded to the scene. Leisey pronounced Jerome Bates dead at 1:40 a.m.

While on the scene, officers learned that another victim, Devante Pinkney, 23, of Augusta, had arrived at a local hospital by private vehicle at 12:23 a.m., according to authorities.

Officers made contact with Pinkney and learned he suffered at least one gunshot wound, according to authorities.

Pinkney’s injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, deputies reported.

Anyone with information is urged to contact any on-duty sheriff’s investigator or Investigator Walter McNeil at 706-821-1000 or 706-821-1080.

Bates’ body will be sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation lab for an autopsy.

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