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Ex-girlfriend shot; man kills himself

Bullets fired in Covidien parking lot

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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
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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.

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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burninater
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burninater 07/13/10 - 01:45 pm
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"This deranged man and his

"This deranged man and his baby momma drama led him to attempt to kill this woman, not a gun."

You are right Baron, but the gun sure made the attempt a whole lot easier. We live in a physical world, and the things that are physically possible for us to do change the world in which we live. Making expression of mental illness or criminal intent as physically simple as pointing and shooting REQUIRES us to consider the physical reality that pervasive gun ownership creates. I completely agree that we all should have the right to self-defense, and that for most people responsible gun ownership is a reality, but a society with a pervasive gun presence is a society in which murder is physically simpler, and therefore more common. Maybe events like this are just the cost of living in such a society, but it seems like we are smart enough to come up with a better solution. The lieutenant's comment may have been irrelevant to this specific case, if this man possessed a gun legally, but deregulation of firearms is the source of criminal supply. Get maglocs on guns. Get biometric controls on guns. Stop the ability of criminals to possess firearms through theft, or through unscrupulous dealers. It may not prevent a case like this, but it will go a long way towards easing the frustration that was the source of the lieutenant's comment.

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veggie-d 07/13/10 - 02:00 pm
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if we never evolved past

if we never evolved past neanderthals...how hard would it be to hide/destroy/control/limit all the rocks/sticks/etc., that we'd be bludgeoning/stabbing/killing each other with?

the killing is in the person...NOT the object. how do you regulate/control/monitor the anger/rage/etc. that leads to the murderous act? it's just impossible.

when someone wants to kill like this guy did...they're going to do it...with or without the gun.

burninater
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burninater 07/13/10 - 02:18 pm
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Veggie, it's a function of

Veggie, it's a function of impulse, convenience, and inherent risk to the potential victim. How many store holdups would be attempted with a stick? How many drive by stonings would kill an 8-yr-old on the way to school? How many rocks would penetrate a wall to kill an infant in a crib? How successful would the Columbine school bludgeoning have been? Yes, murder would still occur. But not at the pace that it is happening now.

Edit: Consider crime, for instance. People are criminals because it is physically easier than working. Make it harder. Make them hold up convenience stores with rocks. Make them defend drug territory with a stick. Make them fight law enforcement with a rock in a sling. Make them invade a home defended by an individual with a biometrically-controlled gun.

See how many potential criminals think it's still easier than punching the clock.

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Jillian 07/13/10 - 02:21 pm
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How come the police officer

How come the police officer thinks only they need guns and we don't??

That thought is more scary than the shooting in the parking lot.

If police had done the right thing on the first call with this nut the shooting could not have happened this time. Why wasn't he arrested for domestic violence and in jail already??

CarlA
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CarlA 07/13/10 - 02:34 pm
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With the rapidly escalating

With the rapidly escalating violent crime, murders and armed robberies in the city, I am beginning to wonder if I live in Augusta, GA or Detroit, MI?

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 07/13/10 - 03:22 pm
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1 felony for possession

1 felony for possession w/intent 5 years (2002), and 6 or more misdermeanors for speeding/no seatbelt or license...wow i gues he's real "winner", i am glad she attempted to get him out of her life but very, very glad that the bullet miss her and he didn't miss when he aimed it at himself. hopefully this young lady will learn from this put her life back together and choose the next man to come in her life wisely(employed, law-abiding and respecting other such as women, himself and those he come in daily contact with). my condolences to the family of the deceased, but happy for the victim she now doesn't have to live in fear of looking over her shoulder any longer

hopefulinaugusta
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hopefulinaugusta 07/13/10 - 03:33 pm
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Come on people, use your

Come on people, use your heads, Lt Chew is refering to the illegal guns on the street. Not guns owned by licensed owners.

ArmedandLegal
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ArmedandLegal 07/13/10 - 04:10 pm
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"This country needs more

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

If you outlaw guns then the only people with guns are outlaws. Why is this so hard to comprehend for some people?

You dont comprehend how a citizen can own a firearm and not be looney? Well what I don't understand is how you can live with yourself without having one to at the very least protect your family if not yourself. THAT is absurd to me. Are you going to protect little susie and little bobby from a home invasion with your mad kung fu skills?

burninater
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burninater 07/13/10 - 04:21 pm
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Armed, that's not what I'm

Armed, that's not what I'm saying at all. I'm saying we need to be sensible about our guns. Maglocs and biometric controls already exist for guns. If a gun only worked for the person that registered it, the supply of illegal guns to criminals would dry up in a heartbeat. Gun makers don't want it, because they profit from criminals with guns, plain and simple: more units sold directly to criminals via unscrupulous dealers, more units sold to replace the stolen firearms, more units sold to individuals arming themselves in self-defense against the growing criminal supply.

Make guns work for a safe society, not for a shareholder's profits.

KingJames
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KingJames 07/13/10 - 04:22 pm
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Jillian, the police were

Jillian, the police were never called before this incident. "Chew said family members of the victim said Bush didn't have a restraining order against Gilbert. There are also no records of domestic violence incidents between the two filed with the sheriff's department."

My condolences to the family.

veggie-d
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veggie-d 07/13/10 - 04:45 pm
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burninater, i don't believe

burninater, i don't believe guns make any great differece in armed robbery at all. in fact MANY more robberies/etc. are committed WITHOUT the use of a gun. sticks/pipes/rocks/knives/bare hands/etc. are much more common weapons used in crime than guns.

for people like this who stalk their target, they would DEFINITELY use ANY object they could to kill someone.

if guns were banned people would still make'em from scratch. and a hand held cannon packed with nuts/bolts would be a VERY deadly weapon! (for everybody around it.)

the columbine thing could EASILY be repeated without guns. remember those kids had bombs made from tanks of propane, had THOSE gone off the damage would have been MUCH greater. a couple of kids with any number of weapons other than guns could readily harm any crowd.
just ask the "davidson FINE arts" pipe bomb makers about how that can be done. the parents in those cases should come under very close scrutiny for being so aloof. those were NOT "impulse" events...their friends/family KNEW what they were doing to some degree enough to intervene...yet in the columbine case and several other high profile campus shootings the parents actually provided/purchased guns for the killers.

killers kill...robbers rob...rapists rape...burglars "burgle"...and we can't predict when/where/how/why/etc.

but we CAN do more to prevent being victimized...

ArmedandLegal
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ArmedandLegal 07/13/10 - 04:39 pm
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"Maglocs and biometric

"Maglocs and biometric controls already exist for guns."

Please direct me to a website where I can read on this, where its readily available and cost sensitive to the average user. Ive seen some guns being developed that the user wears a wireless device (like a ring or bracelet) so it will only fire when the wireless device is behind the gun (so if someone takes it, points it - it wont work). The problem? It costs a crap ton, even items like microwaves/cell phones disrupt the signal, and what if the battery dies when you need it the most?

There is one simple things that will cut down on vicious crimes and thats people teaching the bad guys that everytime they go to commit a crime there is a chance they are going to get blown away. Bad guys are cowards and will feed off the weak - the ones that refuse to protect themselves and rely on the police, of whom cannot be everywhere at once.

Edit: I had one incident on a hot summer day where I had my springfield xdm open carried on my belt. I was inside a gas station picking up some sodas when a really unruley pair of dudes came in, they spotted me and immeadiatly left the store. Maybe it was nothing? Or maybe it was some dudes about to do some bad things and realized this place wasn't going to be an easy target. No one will ever know.

This is what I do know, the unruly guys left, the regular customers who had also noticed my pistol went about their business like it was no big deal, the way it should be.

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Chillen 07/13/10 - 04:37 pm
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veggie-d. I'm pleased to

veggie-d. I'm pleased to report that I agree with you 100%. Hope you don't change your mind as a result :)

veggie-d
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veggie-d 07/13/10 - 04:44 pm
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s'all good chillen.

s'all good chillen.

disssman
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disssman 07/13/10 - 04:51 pm
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I always thought of my dad as

I always thought of my dad as the guy who was married to my mother. I will say something about this daddy, he was really tough..... with women.

veggie-d
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veggie-d 07/13/10 - 04:55 pm
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burninater, i did overlook

burninater, i did overlook one other detail here...SHE is alive...HE is dead...he would NOT have bludgeoned himself to death..so in this case it's a VERY good thing he had a gun...his self imposed sentence is a relief to nearly everyone...and may have prevented others from being hurt down the road...

Georgiais1
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Georgiais1 07/13/10 - 05:01 pm
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Keep the guns...get rid of

Keep the guns...get rid of the thugs.

burninater
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burninater 07/13/10 - 05:01 pm
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ArmedandLegal, wiki has a

ArmedandLegal, wiki has a page about this topic.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_Gun

The problems you mention certainly do exist, and technologies that address these problems will be expensive at first, like any new device. Given our ability to rapidly decrease the per unit cost of new technologies, I'd wager that the price would drop fairly quickly. A gradual phase-in would be the way to go. Major gun manufacturers oppose developing such firearms controls on ideologic grounds, but given that money makes the world go 'round, I suspect they are really worried about losing the illegal gun trade.

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ArmedandLegal 07/13/10 - 05:19 pm
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Bad/Illegal gun dealers fuel

Bad/Illegal gun dealers fuel illegal gun sales, not gun makers.

Thats like blaming a cartoon for a 5 year old kid whacking his 2 year old sister with a hammer in the head, instead of blaming the parent.

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veggie-d 07/13/10 - 05:24 pm
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computers have sophisticated

computers have sophisticated electronic security systems...they are hacked into by criminals everyday. find a security measure...criminals will find a way to bypass it.

how would you "phase out" guns that do not have these new devices...my guns will last 25 lifetimes of HEAVY shooting before they are worn out...and, since i rarely shoot'em, my vintage guns will NEVER wear out...but will ALWAYS remain deadly/fucntional...

unfortunately, the reality of violence anywhere/everywhere in the world is a part of the human fabric woven into society...banning guns will NOT ban violence...it might just have the opposite effect...

ban evil...

ArmedandLegal
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ArmedandLegal 07/13/10 - 05:28 pm
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An armed society is a polite

An armed society is a polite society.

burninater
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burninater 07/13/10 - 05:30 pm
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Yes veggie, it's likely that

Yes veggie, it's likely that these could be hacked. It's unlikely that they would be hacked by a crackhead gearing to bust into your house. Even an imperfect security measure could go a long way towards limiting the numbers of firearms in the wrong hands.

And agreed veggie, there would be a huge amount of guns to phase out. However, if price point comes down sufficiently, there could eventually be a time when every new sale had biometric controls. As stolen guns come in off the streets via "buybacks" and confiscation after illegal activity, the criminal supply would inexorably dry up for the majority of small-time thugs.

ArmedandLegal
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ArmedandLegal 07/13/10 - 05:33 pm
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So what if the gun is

So what if the gun is biometric, what makes you think the criminals still won't be able to get a hold of them? That just means if the criminal happens to be disarmed by the victim, the victim is still screwed. lol

burninater
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burninater 07/13/10 - 05:43 pm
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Armed, the biometrics are set

Armed, the biometrics are set to the registered user. If the average criminal gets their hands on them, they are useless to them. If a thug is bright enough to hack modern cryptography, I seriously doubt they are going to be engaging in violent crime. I suspect the number of cases of victims succesfully disarming their opponent and then using the firearm on the attacker are extremely small. We're talking about a means to get a significant number of firearms out of the hands of thugs versus a rare disarming event. Plus, I imagine that an unarmed individual that can successfully disarm someone with a firearm is far from "screwed" in an unarmed combat scenario.

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veggie-d 07/13/10 - 05:59 pm
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burninater- i respect where

burninater- i respect where you're coming from and where you wanna go...sad truth is..."you just can't get there from here". the one thing any and every criminal will have a ready supply of is money. that's why they are in the business of crime in the first place. they can/will buy anything they want/need from other criminals who have those goods/services.

it would take many HUNDREDS of years to "dry up" the current gun supply through attrition/confiscation/etc...so we're facing gun violence for at least several hundred more years...kinda makes the computer controlled guns irrellevant for the next few hundred years.

unfortunately when people learn to value/appreciate life and others right to pursue a peaceful, happy & healthy life, the killing will stop...until then...

natchez
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natchez 07/13/10 - 06:10 pm
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It's the wild west baby! I'm

It's the wild west baby! I'm going to feel a lot safer knowing my roofer, garbageman, yard people, school bus driver and waiter are all packing heat. We'll show those thugs who's boss.

burninater
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burninater 07/13/10 - 06:13 pm
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Veggie, I think you

Veggie, I think you overestimate A) the ability of money to overcome a well-designed security system: hacks result in patches, until a new hack can be developed, and simple operating systems are MUCH more difficult to hack, as they have less exploitable code, and B) the amount of time it would take to dry up the supply. Many hundreds of years? How many flintlocks are still in circulation out there?

One of the only constants of thousands of years of human history is that we are killers. Not all of us, but enough to cause a problem. Changing human nature will be infinitely more difficult than developing firearms that are difficult for criminals to exploit.

veggie-d
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veggie-d 07/13/10 - 07:32 pm
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burninater- you are the one

burninater- you are the one underestimating..there are TENS OF THOUSANDS if NOT MILLIONS of ANTIQUE flintlocks in the u.s. alone...not to mention the MILLIONS of guns that have been made since the days of the flintlock...it would EASILY take hundreds of years if not thousands to dry up sporting weapons/antiques/etc...there are many guns over a hundred years old that see use nearly everyday.

humans ARE killers ALL of us...how do you think they get people to sign up for duty in iraq? are they JUST getting "killers" or is it more likely that we are ALL killers on some level? we kill animals everyday without batting an eye...that desensitizes many folks to the killing of people as well...killing is in our entertainment/news/daily lives/etc...it is OFTEN glorified making it somehow appealing to the masses...we like/love killing as a society/species...even our religions advocate killing those who oppose you...

until human nature changes...it will remain the same...gotta start teaching better values everyday...i know i'm trying.

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Ole School 07/13/10 - 06:41 pm
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Oh wait , first he ran her

Oh wait , first he ran her off the road , SO being correct to the writer whom said " we need to get the guns off the street " he used his car first maybe its not the means but the meaning get the THUG off the streets and arm the Law biding people !

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baronvonreich 07/13/10 - 07:17 pm
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Licensed gun owners?

Licensed gun owners? Registered users? I surely hope not. When the government know who has the guns and where they are then America is doomed.

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