Both Richmond and Aiken counties recorded their first homicides of 2013 early Tuesday.
In the Augusta case, authorities are asking for the public’s help. According to a statement released by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded about 2:30 a.m. to a shooting at Club Fiesco, 2925 Peach Orchard Road. There they found 21-year-old Edward Yancey dead from an apparent gunshot wound.
Investigators think the shooting stemmed from an argument inside the club that continued into the parking lot. Yancey was not believed to have been involved; deputies called him an innocent bystander.
“When I seen him he was happy,” a witness identified as Carlysha Golatt told WRDW-TV. “He was jumping up and down in the club and I seen him again and he was laying on the ground,” she said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (706) 821-1080 or during business hours at (706) 821-1020. Callers can remain anonymous.
A second shooting took place Monday night in Aiken County, and the victim was pronounced dead Tuesday morning.
According to a statement released by Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton, Joseph Brown, 22, of Aiken, was shot several times about 9:30 p.m. in the 400 block of Fairfield Street.
He was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital and was pronounced dead about 4 a.m., Carlton said. An autopsy is scheduled today in Newberry, S.C., the coroner said.
Jamar Nicholas White, 28, of Aiken, was arrested Tuesday night and charged with murder and possession of a weapon during commission of a crime, according to an Aiken Department of Public Safety statement.