Five people shot in outbreak of violence: What we know

Published: Jan. 10, 2022 at 4:23 AM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A rash of shootings over the weekend left many injured and one dead, with many of the shootings happening right here in Augusta.

The most recent shooting incident happened in Augusta on Sunday.

At 5:57 p.m., the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about a shooting in the 1900 block of Fenwick Street. On the scene, deputies found two men who had been shot.

The victims were transported to Augusta University Medical Center. Deputies say one of the victim’s injuries is considered to be life-threatening.

Earlier Sunday morning, deputies also responded to a shooting incident that happened at Gordon Highway and Wilkinson Road.

Around 1 a.m., deputies say they found two people shot in the car. Both were transported to AUMC. Deputies say one of the victim’s injuries are serious, but not life-threatening.

A third person was in the car but did not suffer any injuries.

And several family members confirmed the identity of the 8-year-old girl who was killed in an apparent drive-by shooting in Augusta on Saturday.

The girl was identified as Arbrie Leigh Anthony.

Community remembers Arbrie Anthony, an 8 year old killed in shooting on Saturday night and...
Community remembers Arbrie Anthony, an 8 year old killed in shooting on Saturday night and supports her family.(WRDW)

At 7:25 p.m. Saturday, Richmond County deputies responded to the 2000 block of Third Avenue in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, deputies learned that Anthony had been shot in the front yard of a residence.

She was taken to AUMC by private vehicle, and family members confirmed she passed away.

Deputies are now looking for a newer model Jeep Compass Trailhawk, reddish-orange in color, in reference to the shooting.

Sheriff’s investigators and the crime scene unit are still investigating.

Meanwhile, a man is behind bars after a shooting at Old Warrenton Studios on Friday afternoon, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Investigators say the Warren County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and found 21-year-old Joseph Eckert suffering a gunshot wound to the leg. Eckert was taken to Augusta to be treated for his injuries.

Jason Owen, 25, of Akron, Ohio, was charged with reckless conduct and is being held at the McDuffie County Jail.

The GBI says its investigation revealed Owen and Eckert were participating in some sort of live role-play event at Warrenton Studios.

According to the agency, a group known as Chernobyl Milisim had rented the studio space to film a video for YouTube, and at least 20 people were involved. The GBI says the shooting incident occurred prior to recording any video, and involved only Eckert and Owen.

Many of these investigations are ongoing.

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