Suspects identified in south Augusta shooting



Police have identified three suspects in a Saturday night shooting at Southgate Shopping Center on Gordon Highway that left one man dead and another wounded.

John Lee Scarboro, 26, of Augusta, and Ricardo Lavert Jones, 28, of Augusta, have each been charged with murder and robbery by sudden snatch, according to Richmond County jail records.

Police have also obtained an arrest warrant for Bartrell Griffin, who was taken to an area hospital late Saturday after suffering a gunshot wound during what police are calling a robbery. His injuries aren’t believed to be life-threatening, and he will be charged with murder and robbery by sudden snatch on his release from the hospital, Sgt. Glen Rahn said Sunday.

About 10:20 p.m., an off-duty Richmond County sheriff’s deputy working a special assignment heard gunshots near the Bi-Lo grocery store in the shopping center, Rahn said.

The deputy pursued a vehicle occupied by three males to the 2100 block of Cook Road. There, police arrested the suspects and learned that one was suffering from a gunshot wound.

Deputies responding to the shopping center found Michael Hanson, 35, of Augusta, dead. He was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m. by Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose, who said Hanson suffered at least one gunshot wound during the incident.

An autopsy will take place at the GBI crime lab in Atlanta, Boose said.

“I’ve never seen so many cop cars in one spot,” said Suzanne Lopez, of Augusta. “They were coming from every direction.

Kenya Page, of Augusta, was inside Bi-Lo at the time of the shooting. She said she heard about five or six shots before walking out of the store to find a man lying next to a red Ford pickup.

“I knew immediately that it sounded like a gun,” Page said. “I was afraid to step outside at first, but then I saw the officer chase a red car out of the parking lot. We saw (the police) swarming the parking lot in a few seconds.”

Another witness, Bradley Jennings, of Augusta, said he saw the victim attempt to enter the truck before falling to the ground.

Police said they believe the incident is drug-related.


1 dead, 1 injured in shooting at Southgate Shopping Center