Gunman kills himself after attack

A man shot and wounded a woman believed to be his former girlfriend, then committed suicide Friday in the parking lot of an Evans sporting good store.

 

Anita Faye Reed, of Augusta, was shot in the face at about 10 a.m. outside Academy Sports and Outdoors, 4210 Washington Road, by Keith Dewayne Lowe, who authorities believe was her ex-boyfriend, said Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris. Mr. Lowe, 30, then turned the .38-caliber handgun on himself.

County Coroner Vernon Collins confirmed later that Mr. Lowe, of Breezy Hill Drive in Augusta, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Ms. Reed, a 32-year-old employee of Academy Sports, was shot twice -- above the left eye and in her left ear, Capt. Morris said. He called the injuries "non-life-threatening."

Ms. Reed was sitting up on a stretcher and holding a bloody cloth to her head while being loaded into an ambulance. Capt. Morris said she was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

MCG spokeswoman Denise Parrish said the hospital isn't releasing information on Ms. Reed.

A witness reported seeing Ms. Reed arguing with someone on a mobile phone while in the store. However, Capt. Morris said police are uncertain who she was arguing with. It wasn't until she left the store that she was shot.

Ms. Reed's and Mr. Lowe's cars were in the employee parking area. It is unclear whether Mr. Lowe entered the store before the shooting, but police plan to review surveillance tapes, Capt. Morris said.

An Academy Sports store manager referred questions about the shooting to the company's corporate offices. Phone messages left for corporate officials were not immediately returned Friday.

Staff Writer Jenna Martin contributed to this story.

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