Two men, one slain, are found by pond

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Investigator Steve Fanning (from left), Lt. Scott Peebles and Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength investigate where a body was found near Brickyard Pond Road. When authorities arrived, a wounded man was found; he was rushed to the hospital.

One man was found dead and another alive, both gunshot victims, Wednesday afternoon near Brickyard Pond Road and Gordon Highway.

 

Investigators are still trying to piece together what led to the shooting death of the Hispanic man who was discovered first, by a fisherman.

The second man, also Hispanic, was found several hours later as Richmond County sheriff's officers searched the woods around the pond. The man was hiding and had also been shot, said Sgt. Richard Roundtree.

Sgt. Roundtree said the deceased man had been identified, but he would not release his name, pending further investigation.

"We're trying to catch a killer," he said.

The second victim was not identified and was taken to an area hospital by Gold Cross ambulance services.

Sgt. Roundtree said the initial shooting was being investigated as a homicide. The shootings are related, he said.

Richmond County Deputy Coroner Charlena Graham said an autopsy will be performed today at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation lab in Augusta.

Sgt. Roundtree said the deceased man was found on the edge of a pond, described as a fishing hole.

"The body has been there less than two days," he said.

The crime scene sits under a Bobby Jones Expressway overpass near the Doug Barnard Parkway and Gordon Highway.

The wetlands are owned by Boral Bricks and considered a "federally-regulated mine site," according to a road sign. Authorities aren't sure if the crimes happened at the site, or if the victims were taken there.

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