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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
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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Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 07/14/10 - 02:01 pm
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Baron, your 12:02 is spot on!

Baron, your 12:02 is spot on!

Burninater, probably 95% of those responding to a question of how they obtained their most recent handgun, are lying! They're criminals, they lie!

ColumbiaCountyMom1
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ColumbiaCountyMom1 07/14/10 - 02:04 pm
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I completely agree with you

I completely agree with you about stricter gun control in most aspects. I don't agree with taking guns off the streets all together to avoid criminal activity because I do believe that is impossible to do without making our streets even MORE dangerous. I was just referencing the fact that this case in this article really probably has nothing to do with the issue of a gun falling into the wrong hands. I could be completely wrong but I just haven't read anything that has led me to believe this wasn't a legally owned and licensed gun. As far as biometrics, I really have no knowledge or insight into that subject to even be able to have a discussion on whether it is a realistic option or not. It sounds great. Hopefully it is something that could one day come into fruition. I know that a lot of criminals use stolen/black market guns in the commition of crimes but this type of crime wouldn't typically be such a case. I would imagine he has had this gun for protection for quite some time and when Ms. Bush refused to get back together with him he had some sort of psychotic/mental break that led to this violence.

burninater
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burninater 07/14/10 - 02:12 pm
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sarge, if they're lying,

sarge, if they're lying, they're lying in the way that serves them -- by underreporting thefts, and by denying when they got the gun illegally. Probably the only answer you could trust is "I bought this legally, it is registered to me" -- and based on the answers given, that number in that study is at most 6%. Scary.

CCM1, I totally agree that my comments probably don't apply to this case. This whole topic came up from a discussion about how increasing numbers of guns in circulation may or may not increase the number of events like this, and how we keep guns from irresponsible hands.

dominionfs
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dominionfs 07/14/10 - 02:23 pm
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If a gun is used in the

If a gun is used in the commission of a crime, here is how ya fix the problem.
1. Load said gun with appropriate ammunition.
2. Apply barrel of said gun to back of perpetrators head.
3. Pull trigger
4. Destroy gun.
Expense to the taxpayer would be minimal, especially if the perpetrators own ammunition was used.

ArmedandLegal
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ArmedandLegal 07/14/10 - 02:27 pm
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I think there is already some

I think there is already some talk about about micro stamping bullets - and to purchase them being like buying a firearm.

tigajane
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tigajane 07/14/10 - 02:53 pm
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All this is so ridiculous and

All this is so ridiculous and really could be addressed in another article or perhaps a rant the bottom line is 2 sweet children almost lost there mom. A hard working and loving mother who was only trying to go to work. 90 some odd comments about what chew said doesnt need to be here. How about some positive things for Tiffany to be able to read when she gets out the hospital instead of this narcissistic babble. Enough already.....Tiffany, get better both emotionally and physically and know there are so many in the CSRA and Covidien that love you!

Hepkikyo
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Hepkikyo 07/14/10 - 03:13 pm
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GUNS SAVE LIVES Please visit

GUNS SAVE LIVES

Please visit this site: http://www.a-human-right.com/

veggie-d
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veggie-d 07/14/10 - 03:34 pm
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burninater...you said you are

burninater...you said you are not attacking guns...you are attacking the sysytem that lets this stuff happen...i'm with you right there...

like i said..."attack the criminals not the guns"...the political sysytem in this country is full of criminals who make some crazy gun laws/environmental laws/civil laws/etc...go get'em...

veggie-d
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veggie-d 07/14/10 - 03:44 pm
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tigajane, i appreciate your

tigajane, i appreciate your compassion and emotion about the incident...and no disrespect but...

if tiffany has to read this stuff for encouragement and support....her own friends/family/co-workers are letting her down...

this is not a memorial page/condolences section...it's a wide open place for goofballs like us to blabber about this kinda stuff...and anything else that comes to mind.

do yourself and tiffany a big favor, and comfort her without showing her all the "news media" generated by her being shot and her ex killing himself...i wouldn't think she'd wanna see/hear any of this stuff, don't think it'd be healthy for her or her kids at all...and it certainly does NOT make for good scrapbook material...

peace.

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Brad Owens 07/14/10 - 04:14 pm
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CCMom, It wasn't really

CCMom,

It wasn't really directed AT you. But you just said in another post, "I completely agree with you about stricter gun control in most aspects" to burninator.

The false part of the argument is that laws passed to 'control' guns never work because criminals do not follow the laws. So 'gun control' is not possible.

It is a falehood put forward by the anti-gun crowd to help fool good people like you into giving up your rights in the name of 'security.'

Most people really don't understand the 2nd Ammendment's reason for being included in the Bill of Rights and when the issue is confused in people's minds, using emotional issues like this unfortunate crime, it does real damage to the fabric of our nation.

It's part of the mentality that places blame on anything other than the person. Remember, there is no accountability. This deranged man is not to blame right? It is the fact he has access to guns right? I mean the only way to prevent things like this, or reduce the chances of it, is to take away the guns we have.

Brad

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mttb 07/14/10 - 07:08 pm
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Guns do not kill evil people

Guns do not kill evil people do. Seems like augusta would wise up and do something about all the crime

dodo1234
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dodo1234 07/14/10 - 09:47 pm
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There's no amount of vagina

There's no amount of vagina in the universe to kill yourself over. " 'nuff said!"

veggie-d
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veggie-d 07/14/10 - 11:30 pm
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dodo1234- all it takes is one

dodo1234- all it takes is one REALLY BAD one!...nuff said.

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Suzy Q 07/15/10 - 01:20 am
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More gun laws and stricter

More gun laws and stricter gun controls do NOT work. How many of you really believe that someone who is intent on killing or robbing someone will go buy a baseball bat because they don't want to be caught with an illegal firearm??? There are plenty of gun laws in place, and the criminals don't give a happy rat's rear about them as it is. MORE won't make any difference.
I don't remember who is advocating for biometrics and such, but if for some reason my husband was incapacitated, I'd hate to think I couldn't use the gun because it wasn't registered to me. I stand a much better chance of shooting someone from across a room than I do having to get close enough to pistol whip them.

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