Suspect sought in Birdie Drive shooting, Augusta’s 4th in 4 days

Matthew Bailey, 28.
Matthew Bailey, 28.(Source: The Richmond County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jul. 28, 2022 at 11:02 PM EDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting incident that happened Thursday night.

Dispatchers say deputies responded to 2400 block of Birdie Drive near Lumpkin Road around 9 p.m. for reports of a shooting. Deputies found one man with a gunshot wound to the arm. The man was transported to the hospital for treatment.

We are reaching out for details on the victim’s conditions.

Investigators were able to identify the suspect as 28-year-old Matthew Bailey, also known as “Don Lewis.” A warrant has been issued for his arrest on aggravated assault charges.

Deputies say Bailey is from Columbia, South Carolina, and is believed to be headed back to Columbia. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

If you have seen Bailey or know where he could be, please call deputies at (706) 432-5281 or (706) 821-1080.

Continuous wave of crime...

This latest shooting is the fourth to happen in the Augusta area in the past four days.

Richmond County deputies had responded to reports of a shooting Wednesday morning at the Economy Inn on Deans Bridge Road. When deputies got to the scene around 6 a.m., they found a woman who had been shot at least one time in her leg. She was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated but died from her injuries a short time after. A 19-year-old Augusta man was arrested and charged with murder.

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.

MORE | Orangeburg man arrested in slaying of 14-year-old

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 arrested Frederick McNeal, 62, of Augusta, on charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to deputies.

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

MORE | Aiken woman charged in Williston murder case

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

MORE | 1 suspect arrested, another sought in kidnapping, shooting

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:

Copyright 2022 WRDW/WAGT. All rights reserved.