Augusta shooting kills 23-year-old woman; pair arrested

A pair of shootings in Augusta and a murder-suicide in Graniteville have left five people dead.
Published: May. 12, 2023 at 10:03 AM EDT|Updated: May. 12, 2023 at 5:19 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - One person has died after a shooting on the 3200 block of Deans Bridge Road on Friday morning, and two suspects have been arrested.

The victim was identified as Makala Perkins, 23, of Grovetown.


According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to Deans Bridge Road in reference to an assault at 4:35 a.m.

Upon arrival, deputies located Perkins had been shot at least one time.

The victim was transported to the hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. She was pronounced dead at 6:33 a.m. An autopsy has been scheduled.

Late Friday afternoon, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office announced that deputies had arrested Julius C. Morris III, 39, and Raheem R. Carter, 29, on suspicion of murder and associated gun charges.

The shooting is among dozens that have swept the CSRA in the past year, claiming more than 80 lives since mid-April 2022.

It was one of at least two fatal shootings Friday in the CSRA.

In Graniteville on Friday afternoon, an 86-year-old woman and her 68-year-old son died in a murder-suicide.