Three men were arrested earlier today in what police are saying appears to be the gang-related shooting of three men outside an Augusta nightclub.
Charles Bernard Gillians III, 20, of Augusta; Adrian Keshawn Frails, 20, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and John Anthony Turner, 19, of Augusta, have been charged with four counts of aggravated assault and four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Mr. Frails also is charged with theft by taking motor vehicle and possession of cocaine, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office news release.
The following were taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital for treatment: Michael Henderson, 17, of Augusta, who received injuries to his neck and chest; Devonye Person, 19, of Augusta, who received injuries to his back and buttocks; and Thomas Kirkland, 18, of Augusta, who received a gunshot wound to the head and is listed in critical condition, the release states.
According to police, the incident occurred about 3:30 a.m. this morning in a parking lot next to Soundtrack Nightclub on Laney Walker Boulevard, where a rap concert was being promoted. The release states that this is the same parking lot where Sgt. Elijah Parker of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office was shot in the back in December 2007.
In today's case, police were flagged down on Laney Walker by three people who said they had been shot. One of the men pointed out a car that he said had been following them. Officers then tried to stop that vehicle, which had been reported stolen. At that point, a chase ensued, ending with the driver losing control and the car crashing into a high curb at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Olive Road. Three people in the car ran but were apprehended.
Police say they found a mini 14 assault rifle, 9mm handgun and .38 caliber handgun inside the car.