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Shooting victim, 22, is in critical condition

 

A man critically injured in a Christmas Eve shooting has been identified as Germany Lamont Patterson, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

The 22-year-old Augusta man was in critical condition in a Columbia hospital Thursday with a neck wound, Investigator Brandon Beckman said.

A witness told police she pulled up to the stop sign on Cherry Road at Deans Bridge Road shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday and saw Mr. Patterson fall and two men run away. Gunshots were heard, and blood was found on the sidewalk.

Investigator Beckman said there are no suspects, but investigators are following up on tips.

Suspect in slaying is returned to Aiken

An Aiken man arrested in Anderson County last weekend has been returned to Aiken County to face arson and murder charges in the death of his cousin nearly a week ago.

Keith Alan Fitzgerald is in the Aiken County Detention Center on charges of arson, grand larceny and murder. His bond was set at $60,000.

Mr. Fitzgerald is accused of killing 61-year-old George Woltz Jr., his roommate and cousin, whose body was found Saturday night in his Aiken home.

Aiken County sheriff's Lt. Troy Elwell said the suspect was arrested Sunday morning in Anderson.

Grandfather accused of molesting woman

A 19-year-old Augusta woman flagged down a Richmond County sheriff's deputy on Christmas Eve to accuse her grandfather of molesting her in September.

According to a police report, the teenager said she awoke in bed to find her 67-year-old grandfather touching her. When she yelled, he grabbed a shotgun, pointed it at her and threatened to kill her if she told anyone.

The woman told police the incident took place in the 5200 block of Mike Padgett Highway.

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