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Shooting at Augusta motel kills South Carolina man

Published: Feb. 5, 2021 at 1:31 AM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - In the latest incident in an outbreak of winter violence in the CSRA, a man was fatally shot at a motel on the edge of downtown Augusta, authorities said.

Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said Daytron Merriweather, 29, of Johnston, S.C., was shot at least one time and transported to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:38 p.m. Thursday.

Crime scene tape cordoned off much of the Budgetel at 954 Fifth St. early Friday as Richmond County deputies investigated the shooting that was reported at 11:12 p.m. Thursday.

Two gunshot victims were taken to a hospital — Merriweather and a 23-year-old man who had been shot two times, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Bowen said Merriweather later died. An autopsy was scheduled with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation lab.

Patrol cars with flashing blue lights lined the street in front of the motel. Yellow tape blocked the two-story buildings where guest rooms were located just beyond a carport outside the lobby.

The shooting comes just a couple of days after two other injury shootings in Augusta.

On Tuesday night, a 61-year-old man who was shot in the right ankle in the woods near the 3600 block of Brussels Street by an unknown person. Also Tuesday night, a 46-year-old woman was injured in the upper chest in a drive-by shooting at 2224 Grand Blvd.

They were among a string of mostly nonfatal and apparently unrelated shootings across the CSRA:

And while no one was actually shot, a robbery at gunpoint in North Augusta has many residents concerned. The robbery happened Tuesday on the Greeneway trail, where two victims were approached by a gunman who demanded their phones and other valuables.

North Augusta police say such an incident is rare in the community and they’re telling people not to let the incident stop them from getting out on the Greeneway.

News 12′s Steve Byerly, Evan Kean and Timothy Hickle contributed to this report.