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Man, girlfriend shot in apartment

20-year-old's death is county's 27th homicide this year

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Debra Garnett spent Sunday morning washing the blood of her son, Corey, and his girlfriend, Nicole Hudgins, off the floor and walls of their apartment at 2461 Damascus Road.

Days before his death, Corey Garnett had this photo taken in front of his Damascus Road apartment. Garnett was killed and his girlfriend seriously wounded in a 11:45 p.m. Saturday shooting.  Special
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Days before his death, Corey Garnett had this photo taken in front of his Damascus Road apartment. Garnett was killed and his girlfriend seriously wounded in a 11:45 p.m. Saturday shooting.

"Mama, I tried to protect my baby," she wailed to her mother, Rosa Johnson.

Corey Garnett, 20, was shot multiple times in the chest just before midnight Sunday and was pronounced dead about 40 minutes later.

Highly distraught, Debra Garnett spent several hours at the Richmond County jail while investigators sought information about the shootings.

"They held me down there; they wouldn't let me go; but I knew my baby was dead," Garnett said. "He died alone."

Hudgins, who was shot in the jaw, was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where she was in stable condition, according to Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. James Kelly.

The couple worked at Arby's -- he on Gordon Highway and she on Washington Road, Garnett said.

Garnett believes the police have suspects. Corey Garnett had had a recent falling-out with gang members that he'd been associated with in high school, his mother said.

Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen said an autopsy will be conducted today.

The death is Richmond County's 27th homicide of the year, Kelly said. It also was the second reported homicide of the weekend.

About 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Carl Bush Sr., 56, was shot in a dirt lot beside the old train depot on Reynolds Street, near St. Paul's Episcopal Church and the Augusta Museum of History.

Carl Bush Jr. said he hoped someone would come forward with information about the death of his father, who will be buried Thursday in Johnston, S.C.

It remains unclear to the family why the elder Bush, who worked as an auto mechanic, was downtown at 3:30 a.m., his son said.

Have information?

Anyone with information in the shootings of Carl Bush Sr. and Corey Garnett is asked to call Richmond County Sheriff's Office at (706) 821-1000.

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countyman
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countyman 09/12/10 - 12:45 pm
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Sad, because 20 is still very

Sad, because 20 is still very young. I see this happen in the apartments behind the Highland Park neighborhood.. I hope it wasn't drug related like alot of the murders in Augusta and the united states...

OhWell
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OhWell 09/12/10 - 12:53 pm
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How can WRDW know that a

How can WRDW know that a woman was shot also at this same location. AC you got to do better. And names were given of both victims.

chascush
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chascush 09/12/10 - 12:58 pm
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countyman, 'I see this happen

countyman, 'I see this happen in the apartments behind the Highland Park neighborhood.'
Would that be section 8 housing?

pommom38
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pommom38 09/12/10 - 12:58 pm
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Sometimes news sources vary

Sometimes news sources vary on their details. Get use to it, it's called media.
This isn't the first time nor will it be the last. I recommend you do as I do, read articles on all sites.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 09/12/10 - 01:13 pm
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I would say that sarcasm is

I would say that sarcasm is in the wrong place referring to either -
disssman - a life has been lost - like so many times lately.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 09/12/10 - 01:20 pm
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We all know that as long as

We all know that as long as you do not live in Section 8 housing, you will not be robbed, raped or killed. Geez!!!

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 09/12/10 - 01:56 pm
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This could be the college

This could be the college dorms, (they are on Damascus Road) I haven't checked the address, though.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 09/12/10 - 01:59 pm
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I just checked, it's not the

I just checked, it's not the college dorms, its on the other end of Damascus Road.

mable8
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mable8 09/12/10 - 02:08 pm
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chascuch: "countyman, 'I see

chascuch: "countyman, 'I see this happen in the apartments behind the Highland Park neighborhood.' Would that be section 8 housing?" Exactly what does "section 8 housing" got to do with a criminal act? Criminals come from every sector of society, including the wealthy. Poor people do NOT have a premium on criminal behaviors; they are reported more because the wealthier one is, the more they can keep their "business" out of newsprint. You probably have more crime in your neighborhood than the ghetto downtown.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 09/12/10 - 02:25 pm
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mable8, there's a huge

mable8, there's a huge difference between the working poor and subsidy people (section 8). It's a matter of lifestyle which is too often reflected by the everyday activities of the subsidy children.
Not having much disposable cash doesn't mean you have low morals and live a dangerous lifestyle, but with subsidy people, especially multigenerational subsidy people, this is almost always the case.

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AugustaVoter 09/12/10 - 02:41 pm
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Here is the news story:

Here is the news story: "AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A man is dead and a woman recovering in the hospital after a shooting on Damascus Saturday night, investigators said.

Deputies were called to the apartments at 2461 Damascus Road just before midnight and found 20-year-old Corey Reid Garnett and 19-year-old Nicole Andrena Hudgins with gunshot wounds, Sgt. James R. Kelly said in an e-mail.

Both were taken to the hospital but Garnett died soon after from complications. Hudgins was listed in stable conditions, Kelly said."

chascush
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chascush 09/12/10 - 03:08 pm
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Mable8, ’You probably have

Mable8, ’You probably have more crime in your neighborhood than the ghetto downtown.’
I hate to burst your bubble but everywhere there is large section of section 8 housing the crime rate is very high. Augusta, NA or Aiken, it is a fact.
I'm betting it is section 8 housing.

chascush
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chascush 09/12/10 - 03:12 pm
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ispy4u, ‘We all know that as

ispy4u, ‘We all know that as long as you do not live in Section 8 housing, you will not be robbed, raped or killed.’
The odds sure do go up if you live in or around section 8 housing. Ask the cops.

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airbud7 09/12/10 - 03:20 pm
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mable8 / you maybe right

mable8 / you maybe right there maybe more crime in wealthy neighborhoods ill google it and get back with more info.

airbud7
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airbud7 09/12/10 - 03:22 pm
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mable8 / nope there seems to

mable8 / nope there seems to be a much much higher crime rate in the ghetto downtown sorry

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smartguy7837 09/12/10 - 03:27 pm
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Corey was a great guy, hard

Corey was a great guy, hard working and did great things in his life, I hope justice is served. As I walked into work this morning, thinking he was only late, the last thing I wanted to hear was that he was shot to death. Being told by his twin brother, I could only cry and only hope things get better, as we hugged and tears ran down our faces. Nikki I love you and hope you get well.

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CATFISHSTEW 09/12/10 - 03:45 pm
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countryman..."I hope it

countryman..."I hope it wasn't drug related" how would you have perferred that the murder occured ? does it really matter..I hope he was not murdered because shoes weren't tied. your comment was brilliant..

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corgimom 09/12/10 - 03:56 pm
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Mable8. Having lived in a

Mable8. Having lived in a low-income Section 8 housing development for 3 years- we were one of the very few homeowners- believe me when I tell you that there are FAR MORE CRIMINALS per capita.

I was surrounded with them. And I do mean surrounded with them.

Those Section 8 complexes are just temporary housing for the convicts- they are in one of 3 situations. In prison, just out of prison, or going back to prison. There is no 4th situation.

It's the only place I've ever lived in my life where you never ask your neighbor, "Hey, I haven't seen XXX lately. How is he doing?" Because the overwhelming odds are that the answer is either "He's back in jail" or "he's dead."

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differentgal 09/12/10 - 04:11 pm
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As I read the comments made

As I read the comments made on this site sometimes, I am glad that you , writing these comments are home and not face to face with the people that you are so quick to put down. Where in this article does it say that this young man lives in section 8 housing? What does that have to do with this man losing his very young life. Most of the people that comment on here every day is just looking for something negative about anything that happens in Augusta. I think it would be so nice if for once AC would print the addresses of a few of the people that comment on here everyday. I wonder would your attitude be the same or would you be a sweet misunderstood person?

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etlinks 09/12/10 - 04:41 pm
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differentgal you wrote a

differentgal you wrote a mouth full, I am so happy to see your comment. I have been thinking the same thing but hate to type that much info. Sadnes is the only word that should be expressed. Thanks

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Brad Owens 09/12/10 - 04:43 pm
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countryman, I guess this is

countryman,

I guess this is part of that non-existant crime wave you keep saying doesn't exist huh?

Brad

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pommom38 09/12/10 - 04:49 pm
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I don't get you people. Yes,

I don't get you people. Yes, crime is high in section 8 housing complexes but anymore it is high every dang where! I hope those that made the assumptions about drugs feel better about themselves. Sounds to me like this guy worked and worked hard. I guess the holier than thou mindset will never get old to folks.
Perhaps the guy didn't want any part of the gang lifestyle and as gangs often do, they chose to take a life. But that's right, all you on here are all knowing and the judge/jury everytime it takes place in a less desirable part of town.
How bout go tell his poor mama that spent the day cleaning up her childs blood what you think!

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Sweet son 09/12/10 - 04:55 pm
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corgimom, there is a 4th

corgimom, there is a 4th situation and it is the most unimaginable: dead!!! I do not wish this upon anyone. Just a thought that is too true!!

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countyman 09/12/10 - 05:15 pm
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Brad, because their was a

Brad, because their was a homicide? That means it's automatically a crime wave? I notice you still haven't provided any facts to back up your statements. Homicides happen every day in the united states. I notice you didn't respond to my comment in the other article. When you realize 4 of those homicides were in Waynesboro, Grovetown, and Aiken.

The Augusta Chronicle article three to five days ago said there were 23 homicides in Augusta. So the 27th number on today's article is wrong. The damascus road and the train depot would make 25 and not 27. Augusta averages 20 to 30 murders per year. So how is 25 homicides out of the ordinary? 2009-25 homicides, 2008-19, 2007-25, 2006-18....

corgimom
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corgimom 09/12/10 - 05:11 pm
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Because there's nothing in

Because there's nothing in the 2400 block of Damascus Rd except low income housing. Duh.

And pommom, her child was in a gang.

There's only two things that happen to a gang member. One is prison. The other is shot. Doesn't matter if he wanted to get out of it. Once you join, that's it.

Only one in a million get out of it ok.

End of story. Sad, but true.

corgimom
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corgimom 09/12/10 - 05:13 pm
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"Augusta averages 20 to 30

"Augusta averages 20 to 30 murders per year."

Does someone want to pull up the post- not too long ago- where Countyman said there were 23-27 per year?

He's changing his tune. Wonder why.

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augusta citizen 10/19/12 - 04:49 pm
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corgimom
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corgimom 09/12/10 - 05:41 pm
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Oh yeah, there aren't any

Oh yeah, there aren't any gangbangers downtown and none on Broad St. Ever.

Who truly believes that?

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FallingLeaves 09/12/10 - 06:13 pm
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It doesn't matter where

It doesn't matter where crimes are happening in the big picture, or who they are happening to, because every time a life is lost in violence it affects us all eventually, directly or indirectly as the case may be. As far as the investigation is concerned and statistics is concerned, sure it matters, but you must remember, weapons, when used don't always maim or kill the person they were intended to damage. You could end up being collateral damage whether you are involved in the crime or not. Two people have died an unnatural death. This should not be happening and it grieves me.

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pommom38 09/12/10 - 06:27 pm
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You are saying 25 so far is

You are saying 25 so far is not high?? We still have 3 1/2 months left to this year, and pretty sure there will be many more murders. I read most of your posts county, and never say anything. I am seeing where many comment back to you and it is finally starting to make sense to me why.
When I see someone mention *crime wave*, why do you automatically assume they are referring to murder only? There IS a crime wave happening and it's on a daily basis! Whether it is murder, robbery, taking automobile, etc.

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