Teen is shot dead inside club

A teenager was shot to death at a south Augusta night club Monday morning, and authorities said they don't know why.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, 150 to 200 people were on the dance floor of Club Super C's Lounge on Tobacco Road at 2:20 a.m. when Stedmund Deaires Fryer, 18, of East Watkins Street, was killed.

"We are pretty sure he was the intended target," sheriff's Sgt. Richard Roundtree said.

Jordache Tanksley, 23, is wanted for questioning and may have been at the club when the shooting occurred, said Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Brandon Beckman.

Witnesses recall hearing one gunshot, Sgt. Roundtree said. The killer hasn't been identified, nor has a motive been determined, he said.

Monday evening, Charles "Super C" Cummings, the club owner, called the shooting "unfortunate" and expressed concern for the victim's family.

Mr. Cummings said it appeared adequate security was provided, with a heavy presence of Richmond County sheriff's deputies and private security inside and outside the establishment.

Patrons are checked with metal detectors and are physically checked for weapons, he said. The shooter could have brought the gun into the club inside a shoe, Mr. Cummings said.

Commissioner Andy Cheek wants to shut down Super C's and said he will introduce an agenda item at today's commission meeting in order to do so.

"Super C's has been a cancer on Tobacco Road for many years and it's time to shut it down," Mr. Cheek said. "Each day they're allowed to open is potential for added trouble.

"Teenagers need a place to go, but not on a Sunday night, and at 3 in the morning?"

Mr. Cummings said he has been in business for 17 years and is a supporter of the south Augusta community.

He once owned the Augusta Super C Seminoles semi-pro football team.

"I've always been a mentor and motivator of many young people in our neighborhood," he said.

In the past year, the sheriff's office reported 29 incidents within and outside of his club.

The shooting is Richmond County's 16th homicide for 2007, Sgt. Roundtree said. There were 20 homicides in 2006.

Mr. Cheek says enough is enough and wants to revoke Mr. Cummings' business and liquor licenses.

"Given their track record, he should have gotten control of this long before someone died on his dance floor," Mr. Cheek said.

Mark Bowen, the Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner, said Mr. Fryer died of a single gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sgt. Roundtree is asking anyone who was at the club or has information related to the shooting to call the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1020 or (706) 821-1080.

Reach Timothy Cox or Greg Gelpi at (706) 724-0851.