2 men dead after weekend shootings in Augusta
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A rash of deadly crime continued over the weekend, leaving two people dead after separate shootings about an hour apart in Augusta.
The first shooting was reported around 9:20 p.m. in the 2100 block at the end of B Street at the Lake Olmstead Homes.
Once deputies arrived on the scene, they found out a male victim had been shot.
According to the Richmond County Coroner’s Office, that victim was 22-year-old Kyan Michael Bowie, of Hephzibah.
He was transported by a private vehicle to a hospital, where he was eventually pronounced deceased.
Then at 10:23 p.m., deputies then responded to the 2200 block of Old Savannah Road to investigate a report of a shooting.
Upon arrival, deputies found Tymarkus Dashawn Starkes, 20, who had been shot at least once and was dead on the scene.
The Richmond County Coroner’s Office said autopsies have been scheduled for both victims.
The slayings were the latest in an outbreak of deadly crimes that’s swept the CSRA since spring. As with the weekend’s shootings many of the victims have been young men and teenagers.
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As the largest city, Augusta has been hit especially hard, but the outbreak has touched communities large and small.
Deputies have blamed much of the violence on gangs.
The shooting at the Olmstead Homes was the second one since mid-April in the 2100 block of B Street. A shooting there just before 7:30 p.m. on April 23 claimed the life of Rodriquez Dunn, 31. Dunn suffered at least one gunshot wound and died at the scene.
Also, a fatal shooting happened earlier this year just a couple of blocks away from the weekend’s shooting on Old Savannah Road. On April 18, Johnnie Coleman was found shot dead in the 1900 block of the road.
Other deadly crimes since April 14 include these:
- Early Oct. 10, Nathaniel Mack, 29, of Augusta. was found fatally shot shot at a Circle K at 2822 Peach Orchard Road in Augusta. The death is being investigated as a homicide.
- On Oct. 3, Cherry Hoover, 64, was found dead in her vehicle in the 600 block of Bennock Mill Road in Augusta in what Coroner Mark Bowen deemed a suspicious death.
- On Sept. 30, deputies found shooting victim Zayquantez Jones, 17, at Smart Grocery, 3221 Wrightsboro Road. He succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital.
- On Sept. 29, Kimberly Harris-Opoku, 56, died at the scene where she was shot in the 1100 block of Anderson Avenue, near 12th Street.
- On Sept. 28, Tony Nimmons Jr., 21, was found shot in a car at 281 Plum Alley in Denmark, S.C. He died on the scene around 9:30 p.m.
- On Sept. 25, Roderick Denzell Jenkins, 29, was shot on Friendship Road in Screven County. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.
- On Sept. 24, Antonyo Terrell Wicker, 40, of Louisville, was killed and three people were injured when shooting broke out during a block party in Jefferson County.
- On Sept. 21, Latoya Denise Coley, 38, was found dead in the 1800 block of Castleton Court on south Augusta. Her death was considered suspicious.
- Also on Sept. 21, Tre’Vontae Gray, 17, died in an Augusta hospital while being treated for injuries suffered two days earlier when he was shot in a car around Ashley Drive and Baltimore Road in WIlkes County.
- On Sept. 19, Kameron Tucker, 19 of Augusta, and Kentevios Wageman, 17 of Augusta, were shot dead in the 2500 block of Cascade Drive in Augusta.
- Also on Sept. 19, Eric Foreman, 19, was killed in a shooting that also injured three other people in Swainsboro.
- On Sept. 7, Virginia Sue Wilson, 75, was found shot dead in McDuffie County. Her husband, James, was arrested.
- On Aug. 31, Thomas Arthur Berry, 24, of Grovetown, was found dead in a car at Strom Thurmond Lake in McCormick County. His death is being investigated as a homicide.
- On Aug. 23, overnight security guard Cynthia Wright was found shot dead at 1150 Fifth St. In Augusta. Cornell Thomas was arrested in the death.
- Damien Tanksley, 35, was fatally shot Aug. 4 at the Get-N-Go store on the 2350 block of Windsor Spring Road in Augusta.
- On July 29, Dereck Hilton 45, of Sardis, was fatally shot at 232 Claxton Road in Burke County. He was taken to Burke Health, where he succumbed to his injuries.
- On July 27, 16-year-old Kaymaya Greene, of Augusta, was shot at the Economy Inn on Deans Bridge Road. She was taken to the hospital and later died from her injuries. Demarcus Clark, 19, of Augusta was arrested.
- On July, 26, Anthony Lee Flowers, 33, was shot at a corner store on Wheeless Road. Frederick McNeal, 62, of Augusta, was arrested.
- On July 20, Keshia Chanel Geter, 36, from Eastover, S.C., was found shot dead at the Knights Inn on Boy Scout Road. Jaquarie Allen, 22, of Augusta, was arrested.
- On July 10, the body of Morris Harden, 58, of Augusta, was found just off the roadway in the 1200 block of Watkins Pond Road in Burke County. Deputies say the case is being treated as a homicide.
- On July 9, Nicholas Jovantay Hall, 31, of Swainsboro, was shot dead on Stokes Avenue in the Emanuel County community of Twin City. Peggy Ann Milton, 34, was arrested.
- On July 5, authorities discovered the body of 65-year-old Bobby Miller, who’d been shot dead in a closet at 5274 Dogwood Drive just outside North Augusta. His son, Jason Glenn Miller, 42, has been arrested.
- On July 2, Barry J. Redding, 39, and Stephan A. Poole, 40, of Aiken, were shot dead at a Days Inn hotel at 2654 Columbia Highway North in Aiken County. The suspect has been identified as Hasheem Keywaun Rond Glover, 20, of Salley.
- On June 30, Thaddeus Rodregus Price, 22, of Augusta, was shot just before 1 a.m. at Sycamore Drive and Alpine Road and pronounced dead on the scene at 2:03 a.m.
- On June 26, a shooting on Wadley Drive in Aiken left three teenagers dead. Two suspects were arrested and another remains at-large in the deaths of 17-year-old Willie L. Garrett IV, 16-year-old Ivan Perry and 16-year-old Cameron Carroll.
- Tammy Mantooth, 57, from Lola, Kansas, was pronounced dead June 23 after being found in the back of a sport utility vehicle at Azalea Park Apartments, 1814 Fayetteville Drive in Augusta. The death is considered suspicious.
- A shooting early June 19 in the 700 block of Broad Street claimed the life of 31-year-old Percy Luther Johnson, of Fredericksburg, Va.
- Around 3 a.m. June 18, Trevor Sumpter, 25, of Barnwell, was shot dead in the 200 block of Bomba Street in Barnwell. A suspect has been arrested.
- On June 14, Eurl Kittles, 42, was shot dead at a Captain D’s restaurant at 3166 Wrightsboro Road. A suspect has been arrest.
- At 10th and Broad Street in downtown Augusta, a shooting claimed the life of 21-year-old Logan Etterle early June 12. Two suspects have been arrested.
- Also on June 12, Jakwan Gunter, 19, was found shot dead at 11th Avenue and Grand Boulevard. Deputies told News 12 they believe the shooting was gang-related.
- On June 3 in the 100 block of Pelzer Street in Warrenville, 34-year-old Lacey Toole was shot dead by her boyfriend John Williams, who then turned the gun on himself.
- On June 2 on Summerhill Avenue in Aiken County, 37-year-old Yoni Vargas shot his wife, 33-year-old Rosa Salguero-Landaverde, then killed himself.
- On May 29, a shooting killed two people – 17-year-old William Mykell Lowery and 30-year-old Christopher “Scooter” Dunn – at a “Freaknik”-themed party being held at a ballpark outside Sandersville, Ga. The shooting is believed to be the result of an altercation.
- Patricia Dent, 65, was strangled to death by her boyfriend Joseph McKinnon, who then buried her body in their yard at 102 Tanglewood Drive in Trenton, authorities say. They learned of her death on May 7 after finding McKinnon dead of a heart attack he suffered while burying Dent.
- On April 19, Brittany Dougherty was found slain outside a vacant home in the 1500 block of Conklin Lane. Her death was considered suspicious from the start, but within hours the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office ruled her death a homicide.
- Jenefer Holt Herron, 52, of Augusta, died late April 18 after being shot during an argument outside the Circle K at 1739 Walton Way in Augusta. Suspect Yelena Buckner, 33, of Augusta, was later found and arrested on charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, deputies reported.
- JaJuan Russell, 21, of Augusta, was fatally shot early April 17 in the 3700 block of Oslo Road in Augusta. Russell was taken to Augusta University Medical Center.
- Sandersville police found the body of Mandell Damonda McCullough, 54, on April 16 inside a home on Gwendolyn Street while responding to a report of a domestic dispute at the address. Santavious Louis Roberts, 35, of Sandersville, was arrested.
- Brandon Peebles, 24, of Girard, was shot around 10:45 p.m. on April 14 in the 2300 block of Prague Court. He was pronounced dead at 11:23 p.m.
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