1 dead, 1 arrested after Augusta’s 2nd shooting in 24 hours

Published: Jul. 26, 2022 at 11:14 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 26, 2022 at 5:27 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - One person was killed in a shooting Tuesday morning, Richmond County sheriff’s deputies said.

The shooting was reported at 10:43 a.m. at 2302 Wheeless Road, according to dispatchers.

Anthony Lee Flowers, 33, of the 2300 block of Wheeless Road, was shot at least one time and was taken to Augusta University Medical Center and pronounced dead at 11:17 a.m.

An autopsy has been scheduled.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Frederick McNeal, 62, of Augusta, on charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to deputies.

Frederick McNeal.
Frederick McNeal.(Source: The Richmond County Sheriff's Office)

The incident outside a liquor store was Augusta’s second shooting in 24 hours.

Eight or nine law enforcement cars – some marked and some unmarked – were on the scene.

Officers appeared to be searching the inside of the store as well as taking photos and recording videos of a dark gray Ford pickup with its hood up in front of the doors of the business.

People near the scene said the store owner is well-known and wasn’t involved.

A little under 24 hours earlier, another person was shot at an Augusta business.

Around 11:10 a.m. Monday, a man was shot at a sandwich shop on Columbia Nitrogen Road. His wife was arrested.

These latest shootings come amid an outbreak in shootings and other violent crimes that have claimed at least 24 lives since mid-April.

Deadly cases include these:

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