NEW: BCSO identifies suspect in brutal beating at Magnolia Acres

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

10:33 p.m.
BURKE COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT)-- The Burke County Sheriff's Office identified the "primary aggressor" in the Magnolia Acres assault as Dedrick Phillips.

Phillips is described as a 32-year-old Black male who is 6'2,'' weighing 183 pounds. According to the sheriff's office, he's wanted for being the alleged primary aggressor in the Saturday afternoon beating.

Burke County officials tell News 12 they're working closely with Waynesboro Police to ensure appropriate charges are made for anyone who participated or failed to assist in the incident.

Adding, "We as a community cannot tolerate such behavior especially in the presence of infants, children, families."

If you know anything, you're asked to call BCSO at (706) 554-2133.

7:39 p.m.
BURKE COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT)-- Graphic video posted to social media shows what appears to be a man being beaten until he is unconscious. Burke County Sheriff's Office shared the video to its social media while also sharing a message that the alleged crime will not be tolerated in Burke County.

The Facebook Live video clip provided by BCSO is three minutes and 27 seconds. It begins with one man laying on the sidewalk at Magnolia Acres Housing Complex. He's covering his face while another man is standing over him-- punching him. The man proceeds to punch and step on his face, all while yelling expletives. As the camera gets closer, you can see blood coming down the face of the victim. The victim stays on ground motionless.

About 30 seconds into the clip, the man recording the incident walks away saying, "Man, we ain't got nothing to do with that."

It is unclear what happens to victim at this point, but the man recording the incident appears to go sit down to watch from afar. Later, shots are fired. The video does not show who was shooting or where the shots came from but people in the video take off running.

Burke County Sheriff's Office says investigators are working to pull as much video evidence as they can. If you know anything, you're ask to call BCSO at (706) 554-2133.

The sheriff's office released this statement Saturday evening:

These individuals put mothers, babies, children and others in harm’s way on a Sunday afternoon. A person is beaten and lays dying and no one comes to his aid or calls 911 until after shots are fired....this is unacceptable and it will not be tolerated in Burke County.
Sheriff Williams, all of the BCSO and WPD want to make it clear that we will not tolerate this type of activity in Burke County. If you don't live in a housing project and you are trespassing, drinking, loitering, and/or any other type of illegal activity, plan on being dealt with accordingly. There are many good people that need a helping hand and live in housing authority complexes and they deserve better than this. If you live there and are part of the problem or have unruly guests you will be evicted.
Anyone with ANY information (names, reasons, etc.) may contact CID at 706-554-2133 or send us a PM via FB or go to our website and send anonymously. We will always keep informants confidential. We are following up on everything that occurred during this incident and ensuring that everyone involved is dealt with to the fullest extent allowable by law.

This is a partial video; we are reviewing housing authority video as well. We will use all resources available to include BCSO and WPD to ensure those responsible for the fight, assault and shooting are held responsible. If you participated, turn yourself in now to avoid additional charges.

Of course we will continue to do many activities to pro-actively reduce this type of behavior through education and working with our youth. However, individuals must understand that once you cross a line, you are responsible for your actions and there will be consequences.
We experienced similar violence on Friday which resulted in a young man’s death....that negatively impacts his family and friends as well as those who participated. All of these lives are lost for no reason either through death or to the system. Those who remain silent are part of the problem. Those who assist criminals in any way are equally responsible and will be dealt with accordingly under the law.