A 56-year-old mechanic for the Salvation Army was shot to death Saturday in the parking lot of the old train depot on Reynolds Street.
Carl Bush Sr. was found dead on the 500 block of Reynolds Street about 3:30 a.m., investigators wrote in an e-mail. No other details were released.
Carl Bush Jr. described his father as a kind man who doted on his three grandchildren in the same manner he showed affection toward his only son.
He said the family is still puzzled about why Bush was downtown at that hour.
"It's kind of sketchy right now," he said.
Richmond County investigators did not return calls Saturday.
Bush raised his son in Johnston, S.C., before moving to Augusta. The younger Bush has fond memories of visiting amusement parks with his father as a child and learning to hunt and fish.
Bush always enjoyed fixing cars and was currently working as a mechanic on cars that the Salvation Army auctions.
Bush said he "didn't always see eye-to-eye" with his father, but they still had a loving relationship. His father would often fix his car for free and enjoyed coming over and playing with his young grandchildren.
"He was my dad no matter what," Bush said.
Killings in Augusta area since June
The 18 homicide victims since June 19 and an update on police efforts to catch their killers:
CALVIN DAVIS, 38
Davis was found in the Economy Inn at the 3000 block of Deans Bridge Road with numerous gunshot wounds on June 19. Timothy Gregory Cain, 30, turned himself in to authorities.
RALPH AND TRUDIE GORDON, BOTH IN THEIR 80S
The couple was found June 20 stabbed numerous times in their home on Ninth Street in Waynesboro. Tony O. Grubbs, 41, has been charged.
L.V. WILSON III, 38
Wilson was found outside a neighbor's home in the 1900 block of Haynie Drive after a 911 hang-up call on June 28. Mariah Fredrick, 18, Andre M. Jackson and Marcus Demitrius Tyler, both 29, have been charged.
JANEE JQUANDA JOHNSON
Johnson was found stabbed to death in her apartment in the 800 block of Spruce Street on July 2. Neighbors had grown concerned after not seeing her for several days. Andre Maurice Jackson and Marcus Demitrius Tyler, both 29, are being held in connection to the slaying.
DARNELL LORENZO BROWN, 19
Brown was shot in the head during a July 4 barbecue on the 1900 block of Second Avenue. Two others, ages 19 and 12, were also shot. Jerome Jerrod "Dirt" Sturgis, 22, was charged July 14.
JERAMIE ANTHONY HAMMONDS, 20, AND KAYLA MARIE WELLS, 19
The couple's bodies were found July 5 in a wooded area off Glenn Hills Drive with multiple gunshot wounds. No arrests have been made.
GENE GOODE BAILEY, 84
Bailey, who was in the final stages of dementia, was found in her home at the 3200 block of Dresden Way on July 16, suffocated with a plastic bag. Authorities labeled her death a mercy killing. Her husband, retired surgeon Henry Wright Bailey, 84, was charged.
DEANGELO RONDELLE HUDGINS, 25
Hudgins, a Fort Gordon military police officer, died after being shot in the chest on July 18 in the 5000 block of Sanctuary Drive. Erik Albert Williams Jr., 20, and Edwin Manuel Cruz Jr., 21, were charged. Five others are charged with making false statements to police.
DAVID LEE JOHNSON, 23
Johnson was found in his Sunset Villa apartment in the 1700 block of Essie McIntyre Boulevard on July 21 after being stabbed in the chest. His wife, Alicia Washington Johnson, 35, was charged. The couple had a history of domestic violence.
ERIC DALE PHILIPS, 21
Philips' body was found in Meadowlark Park on July 21 with gunshot wounds. Marcus Darnell Richardson, 26, turned himself in to authorities July 23.
MISTY WEEGAR, 41
Weegar's body was found in her home at the 300 block of High Meadows Place in Grovetown on Aug. 11. She had been beaten and stabbed several times. Michael Todd Williams, 40, was charged. Williams and Weegar had been in a relationship for about eight months.
YANA SCHENKER, 75
Schenker's body, burned beyond recognition, was found Aug. 11 in her home at the 100 block of Paddock Bend in Aiken. Franklin Wright, 55, was charged.
SHALAMAR BYRD, 38
Byrd's burned body was found after authorities responded to a brush fire Aug. 11 on Old Storm Branch Road. Franklin Wright, 55, was charged.
DONTRELL KYLER, 25
Kyler was shot to death in a car Aug. 19 at Cherry Tree Crossing. James Thurmond Daughtie was charged.
KEONTREZ DEMETRIUS SHERMAN, 2
Keontrez died Aug. 25 after suffering injuries consistent with abuse and shaken baby syndrome. His stepfather, Darian Xavier Thomas, 20, was charged with murder.
PATRICIA BURLEY, 54
Burley's body was discovered Aug. 25 in a wooded area in the 600 block of Hall Street. She had been strangled. Corey Smith, 29, was charged.
TREMELL WALKER, 27
Walker was shot to death Monday at 838 Forsythe St. Brett Palmer, 38, and Carlton Ramone Wadley, 37, were charged.
CARL BUSH SR., 56
Bush was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound in the old train depot on Reynolds Street early Saturday morning.