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Ex-girlfriend shot; man kills himself

Bullets fired in Covidien parking lot

Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Officials place a body on a stretcher in the parking lot of Covidien, Tuesday, July 13, 2010, in Augusta, Ga.
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Anger over his estranged girlfriend's refusal to resume their relationship appears to have pushed an Augusta man to shoot her and kill himself Tuesday after she pulled into work at an Augusta plant.

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Officials place the body of Alfonicia Gilbert, 35, on a stretcher in the parking lot of the Covidien plant on Marvin Griffin Road. Gilbert shot estranged girlfriend Tiffany Bush, 28, and killed himself Tuesday morning, police said.   Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Officials place the body of Alfonicia Gilbert, 35, on a stretcher in the parking lot of the Covidien plant on Marvin Griffin Road. Gilbert shot estranged girlfriend Tiffany Bush, 28, and killed himself Tuesday morning, police said.


The man -- identified as Alfonicia Gilbert, 35, of the 2800 block of King Street in Augusta -- shot his ex-girlfriend as she sat in her car in the parking lot of the Covidien plant at 1430 Marvin Griffin Road about 7 a.m., Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Calvin Chew said.

Afterward, he turned the gun on himself.

Chew said the woman, identified as Tiffany Bush, 28, of Girard, Ga., was in serious condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

The couple had a rocky past. Gilbert was recently thrown out of a doctor's office Bush was visiting, Chew said.

"He came there unannounced and made a scene," he said.

The couple have two children together, Chew said.

Family members of the victim said Bush didn't have a restraining order against Gilbert, Chew said.

There are also no records of domestic violence incidents between the two filed with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Gilbert pleaded guilty to a 2001 cocaine-possession charge and was placed on probation for five years, Richmond County Superior Court records show.

In 2004, he was arrested for possessing marijuana less than an ounce, a misdemeanor, and sentenced to alcohol and drug counseling and community service.

Coroner Grover Tuten, who said Gilbert was pronounced dead at 8:05 a.m., said the bullet fired into Bush's car "ricocheted" off her head.

According to the victim, who was able to talk to police at the hospital, the couple had broken up, but Gilbert wanted to get back together.

Bush said she saw him as she drove to work Tuesday, and he cut her off. Her car veered into a ditch, but she regained control and pulled into the parking lot. Gilbert got out of his car and shot at her through the car window. The suspect fired three shots. Two shots exited the front driver and passenger windows and one shot hit the victim in the head, police said.

The gun used was a .38 caliber, Chew said.

"It's definitely been an active week," Chew said. "We've had five homicides last week, and we started out with a shooting (Monday) as far as someone getting shot at a club. We need to get the guns off the streets. We're doing what we can and the best we can."

Covidien is Richmond County's second-largest manufacturing employer with more than 800 employees.

It makes the Kendall brand of disposable medical supplies.

The plant was once known as Tyco Healthcare, which spun off from Tyco International in 2007 and was renamed Covidien.

Lisa Clemence, the communications manager for Covidien, said the company was "saddened by the tragedy that occurred this morning at our Augusta facility."

Staff Writer Bianca Cain contributed to this article.

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Ushouldnthave
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Ushouldnthave 07/13/10 - 07:21 am
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Ciudad Agosto. It's starting

Ciudad Agosto. It's starting to look like we need to put a fence and some soldiers around the city.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/13/10 - 07:30 am
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"Authorities are

"Authorities are investigating a possible murder-suicide"

"Chew said the husband is deceased but he did not know the condition of the wife."

Hint to the AC: If it's murder, then a person is dead. You can't call it murder until you know she is deceased. It's a shooting or attempted murder, until you know for sure.

You can do better than this, AC.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 07/13/10 - 07:29 am
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I was confused at first,

I was confused at first, thinking there had been two factory shootings because of another report on a different media source. I understand now since this article mentioned the brand Kendall later in the story. Most of us locals still call the factory Kendall Company, including some of the long-time employees. I wasn't familiar with the newer names. My condolences to their families and friends.

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CheckContents 07/13/10 - 07:37 am
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Corqi.... Wrdw says that he

Corqi.... Wrdw says that he shot her three times and then killed himself. He attempted the murder but succeeded at the suicide. Hope she survives. Prayers for a full recovery.

smithers1
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smithers1 07/13/10 - 07:48 am
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The key word to the entire

The key word to the entire thing is, POSSIBLE.. Since you clearly always have issues Corgi, perhaps you need to start writing the articles for them..
Most people read an article, and can make sense of it w/o calling the writers out, you should try it sometime:) Might make for a better day for ya..
Prayers the woman pulls through..

sueboo418
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sueboo418 07/13/10 - 08:04 am
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Hint to corgimom....a

Hint to corgimom....a POSSIBLE murder-suicide, possible being the key word here. Hint to you, if you don't like what you read then DON'T read it!!

corgimom
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corgimom 07/13/10 - 08:33 am
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Smithers1: Remember this

Smithers1: Remember this post?

"smithers1Friday, Jul. 9 11:16 AMReport Ignore user They need to investigate furthur into this before saying it was murder, suicide. This article and the mothers comments? Are totally different than what she said before."

Smithers, got it.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/13/10 - 08:34 am
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Sueboo, there is no such

Sueboo, there is no such thing as a "possible murder" when someone is still alive. Sorry you don't grasp that, and to call it a "possible murder" when the condition is unknown isn't appropriate.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 07/13/10 - 08:49 am
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POSSIBLE could mean that they

POSSIBLE could mean that they don't know yet.

sueboo418
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sueboo418 07/13/10 - 08:57 am
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Corgimom, I grasp it LOL, but

Corgimom, I grasp it LOL, but apparently you don't. "Possible murder" is this guy shot this woman so at this point we know "IF' she dies it will be murder. They KNOW she was shot but they don't know yet if she is dead or still alive. Hence, "possible murder"

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storiesihaveread 07/13/10 - 09:15 am
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I do pray and hope the family

I do pray and hope the family can get past what has happened.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/13/10 - 09:17 am
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And it is just as possible

And it is just as possible that she will survive. Considering that the bullet ricocheted off her head, and she was able to speak at the hospital, why would you think it's a possible murder?

EVERY shooting or stabbing is a possible murder. EVERY car accident is a possible death. It's possible that you might get hit by a bus. It's possible that I might win the lottery.

Or do you think it's ok for a newspaper to speculate, or should a news story report facts?

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pommom38 07/13/10 - 09:22 am
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Are we happy now?? They

Are we happy now?? They changed the headline and details.
Jumping the gun some do, they just can't wait to give *their* feedback.
Smithers comment in reference to a previous article, was leaving comment towards what the police said, not the AC.

Concerned2007
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Concerned2007 07/13/10 - 09:29 am
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The only reason they are

The only reason they are calling it a POSSIBLE murder is because they are waiting to see if the woman will survive. Her condition is critical and it could go either way. Hopefully, it will just be a SUICIDE!

corgimom
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corgimom 07/13/10 - 09:33 am
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Nope, smithers didn't like it

Nope, smithers didn't like it the other day when a murder-suicide was called a murder-suicide. Now, it's ok when the murder didn't even occur. OK.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/13/10 - 09:37 am
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If you all prefer the

If you all prefer the National Enquirer approach to reporting, fine. But the AC is better than that, and it's a terrible thing to do to that woman's family and friends.

I pray that she makes a full recovery.

sueboo418
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sueboo418 07/13/10 - 09:40 am
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My prayers to these families

My prayers to these families which is what people should be saying instead of slamming the article like SOME folks do.

ishouldknowbetter
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ishouldknowbetter 07/13/10 - 09:47 am
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I'm glad we're able to keep

I'm glad we're able to keep up with the "lastest" news.

Richmnd Cty Votr
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Richmnd Cty Votr 07/13/10 - 10:01 am
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I seen this lates new on WJBF

I seen this lates new on WJBF NEWS, did I miss it in the Chronicle or are they pupposely leaving it out? "Plan Would Move All Jail Inmates To Phinizy Road. Now if the city goes ahead with the intake facility at Phinizy Road all accused felons will be housed there." My understanding it was suppose to be a minimum security type facility there wasn’t suppose to be any bad hombres there,” said Vazquez. Lets see they wanted a "RACE TRACK" here. A housing project. Seems like they want to put all the CRAP in S. Augusta! Bringing our home values to ZERO.

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burninater 07/13/10 - 09:59 am
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This country needs more guns.

This country needs more guns. They are a total benefit to society. Nothing bad and unavoidable ever happens when guns are involved.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/13/10 - 10:04 am
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A wannabe what? That's

A wannabe what? That's downright funny!

sueboo418
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sueboo418 07/13/10 - 10:24 am
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LMAO dreamchaser!! Thanks

LMAO dreamchaser!! Thanks

stillamazed
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stillamazed 07/13/10 - 10:39 am
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Hope the victim will be ok.

Hope the victim will be ok.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 07/13/10 - 10:49 am
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One piece of scum down. I

One piece of scum down. I hope the woman will recover.

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veggie-d 07/13/10 - 10:54 am
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the .38 caliber bullet

the .38 caliber bullet bounced off of her head?? looks like her hard head saved her life this time...could this be the woman cat stevens was looking for?

burninater- not everyone in society needs more guns...but SHE sure coulda used one!

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Littleman 07/13/10 - 10:54 am
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I do not subscribe to comment

I do not subscribe to comment posts very often, but I have to on this. A woman is in critical condition, a man is dead, and childern are without their parents. But all I see is comments going back and forth about how an artical has been written, and bashing back and forth. Worry about the real stuff and not all this other crap.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 07/13/10 - 11:02 am
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It is irresponsible for Lt.

It is irresponsible for Lt. Chew to say they need to get guns off the streets. They need to get the guns away from those who can't legally possess a gun whether it be due to age or criminal convictions. This deranged man and his baby momma drama led him to attempt to kill this woman, not a gun.

sueboo418
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sueboo418 07/13/10 - 11:15 am
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Littleman I don't make allot

Littleman I don't make allot of comments either just sometimes some of these folks get the better of me when all they can do is criticize the article when such a tragedy has occurred. Someone has lost their dad and almost their mom and then someone like miss corgimom comes along and apparently all she has to do is criticize how the article was written.

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MyOpinion21 07/13/10 - 11:24 am
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Looking at the picture that

Looking at the picture that is with this report, the body is being wheeled from inside of the security gate. My question is this...did the man work there too? If not, then how did he gain access to the "secured" employee parking lot in the first place?

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veggie-d 07/13/10 - 11:39 am
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those of you who do NOT

those of you who do NOT expect more from PROFESSIONAL journalism are the cause of all the poor grammar/content/etc. that is "accepted" in today's media...

if these people (myself included) do NOT critique the structure/content/etc. of the articles, who will? looks like the editor/proofreaders are NOT doing it.

if a journalist can't be trusted to master the BASIC rules of writing and double check their work...you CAN'T TRUST the accuracy/details/content of the report either!

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