Augusta man, 81, is killed in home

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Deputies went door to door in a small neighborhood off Tobacco Road near Fort Gordon for a second time Saturday evening, trying to gather information on the shooting of an 81-year-old man late Friday.

Johnny Luckey was shot in a neighborhood off Tobacco Road.
Johnny Luckey was shot in a neighborhood off Tobacco Road.

Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Calvin Chew said more information was found to confirm suspicions that burglary was the motive for the shooting of Johnny Luckey, who was dead when police found him around 11:30 p.m.

Luckey's closest neighbors on Hoods Lane, who live about 500 feet away, made the initial call to authorities to report "suspicious behavior," Chew said.

Resident Kevin Mitchell said he thinks he might have heard a gunshot around the time of the killing, but he assumed it was children playing with fireworks, which is common in the area.

Deputies were initially told two men were seen fleeing Luckey's house on foot.

Damien Pruiett said he was in his backyard smoking around the time of the shooting, and he saw a car go slowly down the lane toward the house, then speed away about a half-hour later.

He said his house has been broken into three times in eight years.

"I wish they would keep a little bit more of a police presence here because even though it's off the road, nobody thinks about it," he said.

Chew said his staff is looking into the number of burglary reports in the area.

At least three houses on nearby Longfellow Drive have been burglarized, including Mitchell's. He said burglars broke into his home and his next-door neighbor's in December 2009.

Those crimes led Bianca Woodard to install a security system two months after moving just down the road.

"It's gotten progressively worse on this side of town," she said.

Hattie Hammond has lived on Longfellow Drive since the houses were built in 2001, and she said it's been mostly peaceful. She said her next-door neighbor's home was burglarized, however.

Officers distributed fliers with a picture of Luckey and an offer of a cash reward for any information.

Chew said other than the neighbors who called police, no one knew Luckey, and many didn't recognize him.

It is the sixth homicide in Richmond County this year.

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Patty-P
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Patty-P 05/07/11 - 11:35 am
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Why would anyone shoot an 81

Why would anyone shoot an 81 year old man?

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 05/07/11 - 11:45 am
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He probably objected to being

He probably objected to being victimized and/or robbed.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 05/07/11 - 02:03 pm
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Rest in peace. I hope the

Rest in peace. I hope the perps are brought to justice OBL style.

Brad

sugarbutton
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sugarbutton 05/07/11 - 05:36 pm
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The same kind of thug that

The same kind of thug that will beat a 79 yr old lady nearly to death in her own home will also shoot and 81 yr old man to death. I think no mercy should be spared on the lot of these individuals that cause harm or death to anyone, muchless our elderly and our children. I just pray the man went quickly and didn't suffer the way the lady still is. So very sad!

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 05/07/11 - 05:45 pm
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99% chance that when this

99% chance that when this criminal is apprehended, you will see he is a repeat offender that some liberal judge decided would be ok to release upon us again. It is time for mandatory punishments that will keep violent offenders behind bars because our judges are simply not doing their jobs very well.

Our systems needs major reforms. I am not for legalizing drugs but nor am I for our prisons being full of drug users. Drug Court is a good start but we need to do far more to help users and keep dealers behind bars. We also need to a much swifter justice system as the back log and number of appeals is ridiculous. Lastly, violent criminals upon conviction should have 2 choices - The remainder of their life behind bars in a small cell with no creature comforts of home, no chance of parole and minimal medical care to keep them alive or allow them to choose death and send them to the execution chamber. As for murderers, rapist, etc. their only choice should be electric chair or needle and the sooner the better.

We need to rid ourselves to the best of our ability of violent criminals and at the very least, keep them away from the law abiding productive members of society for the rest of their life.

crackertroy
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crackertroy 05/07/11 - 07:20 pm
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Thoughts and prayers are with
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Thoughts and prayers are with the family, very tragic that a man could live that long in have to go in that manner. I hope justice is served quickly.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 05/07/11 - 09:13 pm
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It's a shame what the world

It's a shame what the world has come to...what people will do for money or drugs. They didn't have to kill him. My condolences to the family.

nofrills
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nofrills 05/08/11 - 12:01 am
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It takes a true evil person

It takes a true evil person to hurt the elderly. This type of person needs to be hunted down and punished the same way he did the old man.

Tisk tisk what is this world coming to
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The sad thing according to

The sad thing according to this article is that there were people in the neighborhood that either saw or heard something strange. Whatever happen to watching out for your neighbor and calling the police? I'm sure glad my neighbors are a little more vigilant than these.

WW1949
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WW1949 05/08/11 - 09:58 am
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I doubt my neighbors would

I doubt my neighbors would even know what goes on at my home and likewise. We pass each other and wave on the way to and from work.

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augusta citizen 05/08/11 - 08:50 pm
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WW1949, Too often this is the

WW1949, Too often this is the case. Maybe it's time to organize a block party, cook out, etc. Crime is reaching the point that we need to know our neighbors and look out for each other again.

Tisk tisk what is this world coming to
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There was a day when people

There was a day when people watched out for each other but quite frankly most would rather not be involved. Most still stand back and shake their heads when a tragedy strikes like this but will never become involved. It is a heartless society in which we live. And we call this progress. Others would call it the end of mankind.

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