'Disturbing' N. Augusta drive-by shooting featured gun stolen from Aiken DPS officer

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019
News 12 at 6 O’Clock

NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW/WAGT) -- Cash, drugs, and a stolen gun were found at the North Augusta drive-by on Pershing Drive.

But now we're learning more about the stolen gun, which was taken from an Aiken Public Safety officer's unlocked car in September.

Investigators are still looking for suspects in this case on the normally quiet street.

But it was not quiet on Tuesday night when the sounds of gunshots filled the area.

"About 9:30, all of a sudden, 'Bam bam bam,'" Libby Goodwin, a Pershing Drive resident, said. "So loud I couldn't move at first."

Goodwin hid inside as shots were fired down her street.

North Augusta Public Safety Chief John C. Thomas says his department is still on the hunt for suspects.

"The amount of rounds and the caliber of the weapon is one that would penetrate a lot of different things, so that's a definite disturbing factor for us," Thomas said.

Thomas said he's just grateful no one was seriously hurt. He also noted that North Augusta's crime rate is low and he feels the city is safe.

"It's one of those situations we never expected to happen here in North Augusta," Thomas said.

Goodwin, meanwhile, now has trouble sleeping.

"Our patrol officers have been told to rigorously look at that particular area," Thomas said.

People are worried crime will rise with the continued growth in the city.

"I know that the numbers are going to change and shift," Thomas said. "Obviously, we see more businesses and more recreational facilities, that type of thing, but we try to stay on top of it."

Thomas said his department will adjust if necessary.

"If the statistics show crime is going up, then obviously we would ask for more officers and look at our resources and try and get a better handle on some of these things," Thomas said.