Link to deputy assault sought

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Sgt. Elijah Parker was shot outside an Augusta nightclub.

The shooting of a Richmond County sheriff's deputy and the shooting of two people Christmas Day -- both at Augusta nightclubs -- could be connected, sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry said.

Investigators are trying to determine what happened about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday when Sgt. Elijah Parker was shot outside Soundtrack Supper Club, but narcotics might have played a role in both incidents, Maj. Autry said.

"We did get some indication early on that the two possibly could be related," he said.

Sgt. Parker, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, was shot once in the right side of his chest while escorting a man out of the club after breaking up a fight, police said. He was off-duty and working security outside the club on Laney-Walker Boulevard.

The deputy was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital for evaluation and has been released.

Corey Lee, 35, of Delmont Court in North Augusta, was arrested about an hour after the shooting during a traffic stop by Aiken County sheriff's deputies at Sand Bar Ferry Road and Cary Drive in Beech Island, according to Aiken County Lt. Michael Frank.

The shooting occurred roughly a day after two people were shot in the parking lot of Club Dreams on Washington Road. James Bernard McBride, of Mill Street, and Brandon Cooper Porter, of Shamrock Drive, remain stable at the hospital, police said.

Police charged four men -- Emanuel Sherman, of Sanders Road; Albert Itson, of Deans Bridge Road; Kedric Sherman, of Grovetown; and Calvin Sherman, of Silverdale Road -- with disorderly conduct for fighting at the club. They are still looking for suspects in the shooting, according to Sgt. Ken Rogers.

Maj. Autry said he couldn't say whether Wednesday's fight at Soundtrack Supper Club was in retaliation for the shootings at Club Dreams.

"I don't think we've done enough research to put a motive out there," Maj. Autry said.

He said that in the past, shootings took place at clubs because they were "places of opportunity" at which people with disputes encountered each other.

Mr. Lee is being held in the Aiken County Detention Center on his Richmond County charges and on an outstanding warrant from the North Augusta Public Safety Department for discharging a firearm into a dwelling.

Staff writer J. Scott Trubey contributed to this article .

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