Two wounded in Friday shooting at River Glen Apartments

One man is in the hospital and another is home recovering after a shooting at the River Glen apartments early Friday, continuing a string of violence at the complex.


Shortly after 3 a.m., Richmond County investigators responded to a call at the complex at 201 East Telfair St. Deputies found two men with gunshot wounds, sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Carrier said.

Montrez Golphin, 29, was shot in the right arm, and his uncle, Willie James Golphin, 49, was shot in the stomach. Both were taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where Montrez Golphin was treated and released. James Golphin was put in emergency surgery and was recovering Friday night, Carrier said.

The Golphins told police that a black man wearing a mustard yellow long-sleeve shirt and a black mask approached them demanding money and then began shooting.

Lt. Blaise Dresser said the Golphins changed their story a few times during the interview process, and the description was not a lot to go on.

River Glen has historically been troublesome for law enforcement. Three people were killed at the complex between May of last year and the end of February.

Janie Long, who lives around the corner on East Walker Street, said she thought River Glen had quieted down in the past few months. She used to hear sirens fly by her street at least once a day on their way into the complex, but recently it had been relatively quiet.

“I’ve been here for over three years,” she said. “This has been the most sleep I’ve gotten since moving in.”

Long said she had heard about the shooting from neighbors, and it concerned her because her two children, 3 and 7, were often in her yard. She said she had thought about moving after 27-year-old Truemaine Davon Jones was found dead from a gunshot wound in a parking lot at the apartments on Feb. 5.

Jones was the second homicide victim at the complex this year. On Jan. 14, 24-year-old Doniel Jamal Hicks was shot to death.

Angelo Daggett was killed on May 14, 2011.

Carrier said he did not think River Glen had more crime than other trouble spots in Augusta.

“Crime happens all over Augusta,” he said. “I wouldn’t say River Glen is particularly bad.”

For Tricia Spilner, who is staying with her aunt at the complex, Friday’s shooting was the reason she needed to get her three kids out. She said she is moving out of state this weekend.

“It’s really scary,” she said. “I can’t have my kids around that kind of crime.”


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