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Augusta teen found shot dead in wrecked car

Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 2:38 AM
Last updated Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 2:29 AM
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The car in which a teen was found shot dead early Monday had been at an Augusta club for youths before the incident, police said.

Investigators responding to a car crash early Monday at Mike Padgett Highway and Lumpkin Road found Kyle Austin Royal, 16, in the back seat, dead with a gunshot wound to the head.  JACKIE RICCIARDI/STAFF
JACKIE RICCIARDI/STAFF
Investigators responding to a car crash early Monday at Mike Padgett Highway and Lumpkin Road found Kyle Austin Royal, 16, in the back seat, dead with a gunshot wound to the head.

Investigators found the body of Kyle Austin Royal, 16, of Augusta, in the back seat of the car with a gunshot wound to the head after they responded to a crash near the intersection of Lumpkin Road and Mike Padgett Highway around 1:50 a.m. Monday.

Deputies said that the Mercury Marquis had struck a utility pole at the intersection after the driver tried to make a left turn onto Lumpkin Road while traveling at a high speed.

Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen said it appeared that the 16-year-old was dead before the accident.

Investigators learned the vehicle had previously been at Magic City, 3200 Mike Padgett Highway, where a number of shots had been fired after a party, Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Blaise Dresser said in a news release.

The driver of the car and the front-seat passenger were at the scene but were not injured. Investigators said the Marquis was moving when the shots were fired and that the car crashed almost instantly.

Magic City owner Patrick Walton denied that shots any were fired on his property.

“I disagree with that,” he said Monday.

“I’m sorry for the loss of life, but I can’t prevent that loss of life whether I’m open or closed.”

Walton said he was in the vacant parking lot picking up trash when he saw shots being fired on the highway between the Marquis and a white sedan.

The owner maintained that Magic City is a banquet hall that holds wedding receptions and other small parties and denied it is a dance hall.

In August, Walton applied for a dance hall license in Augusta. Sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Elim said Magic City’s current status was unclear.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/16/12 - 06:59 am
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Another murder.

Another murder.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/16/12 - 07:04 am
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Who was the driver? Is he in

Who was the driver? Is he in custody or what? This is sketchy.

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dhpsmp 01/16/12 - 07:19 am
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Typical, some Bro gets shot
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Typical, some Bro gets shot and instead of calling 911 to get an ambulance, they dump him in the back seat of the car and race to the hospital, wrecking on the way or possibly killing innocent people.

juantez
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juantez 01/16/12 - 07:26 am
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Typical...Say what's on your
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Typical...Say what's on your mind...

Tots
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Tots 01/16/12 - 09:11 am
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I live a few roads over from

I live a few roads over from where this happened ,not sure if the two things go together or not, but around that time i was awaken to the sound of someone going down the road shooting at something..

I heard about four shots being fired..

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 01/16/12 - 09:16 am
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I predict a record year for
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I predict a record year for homicides in Augusta.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/16/12 - 09:18 am
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Innocents could have been

Innocents could have been hurt.....do you all notice how often Hy 56 is in the news.....they need to improve safety there...DO SOMETHING & I don't mean study it..

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/16/12 - 09:20 am
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Make it look like Furys

Make it look like Furys Ferry....slow the traffic down...

Don't just think about DOWNTOWN NEEDS..

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belle 01/16/12 - 09:23 am
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Good Grief. Are there no
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Good Grief. Are there no editors at the Chronicle?? You say SOMETHING about the driver even if it is "details on the driver are not available at this time" or "information on the driver is pending further investigation". This article just makes the paper seem a joke.

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 01/16/12 - 09:39 am
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AC if you don't have the
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AC if you don't have the whole story....don't print it until you do.

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Willow Bailey 01/16/12 - 10:00 am
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Poor kid, interested in

Poor kid, interested in hearing complete story. Was the driver at the scene? Shooting accidental? Rushing him to a hospital? Or was it murder?

My condolences to this young man's family.

Tots
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Tots 01/16/12 - 10:05 am
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Well news through the

Well news through the neighborhood and the kids around here is this young man was at the teen club on HWY 56 when people started shooting,they said it was about fifiteen shots .. They said he was shot through the head yet he tried to drive away.. Not sure about any of this but that's the talk going around... God bless him and his family,the pain they must be feeling today..

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dichotomy 01/16/12 - 10:06 am
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"Don't just think about

"Don't just think about DOWNTOWN NEEDS"

Augusta/Richmond County.,...if it didn't happen downtown it didn't happen. They only come to the south end to pick up the bodies and the taxes.

Tots
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Tots 01/16/12 - 10:10 am
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So true dichotomy,so very

So true dichotomy,so very true and sad your comment is..They only care about our tax money..Then they waste that on so many of the free loaders on this side of town..

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InChristLove 01/16/12 - 10:50 am
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Morning Tots!!! :) Where is

Morning Tots!!! :) Where is there a teen club on Hwy 56? Seems the patrol is out again. I guess since there was an accident near IP this weekend that involved a death and now this young man's death and accident, they'll make their presence known for a few days and then things will go right back to the way they were before. I saw where someone stated they needed to lower the speed limit on Hwy 56. The speed limit is fine...IF PEOPLE WOULD GO THE SPEED LIMIT. It's not just the logging trucks or dump trucks speeding anymore, it's just about everyone. Until they start putting some traffic lights (brown road, 56 Loop, or even the entrance to IP) to break up the distance for those who have no reguard for life to travel at 70 mph down this road, nothing is going to change. Just take your life in your own hands, be extra alert, and pray the whole way.

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happychimer 01/16/12 - 10:51 am
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Deputies are looking for a

Deputies are looking for a white Honda Accord that could be involved with the shooting. The vehicle has four doors and black rims. There were several men inside that were spotted leaving the scene of the shooting.At least two other victims went to hospitals.

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happychimer 01/16/12 - 10:54 am
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my comment is being held. I

my comment is being held. I guess because I added more to the story. Another vehicle might have been involved, and 2 other victims were taken to hospitals.The car they are looking for is white 4 door honda accord with black rims

happychimer
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happychimer 01/16/12 - 11:45 am
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Shots were fired outside Club

Shots were fired outside Club Magic City on 56.I corrected this. I don't have my glasses on.

Tots
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Tots 01/16/12 - 11:23 am
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Hi ICL,i'm not real sure

Hi ICL,i'm not real sure where the club is, but was told it's near the old bread store on HWY56..

InChristLove
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InChristLove 01/16/12 - 11:40 am
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Looked it up Tots and it's

Looked it up Tots and it's right there near where Wife Savers is on Hwy 56, or at least from the video that's where it looks like. What in the world is a 16 year old doing out at 2 in the morning! Is this a teen club or an adult club? If it's a teen club, I thought there was a curfew for teens.

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kiwiinamerica 01/16/12 - 11:48 am
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I believe this is now #4 for
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I believe this is now #4 for the year, all in the space of 15 days and we're not even in peak shootin' season yet.

augfootballfan
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augfootballfan 01/16/12 - 12:14 pm
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why is any club open on a

why is any club open on a sunday night at 1 whether its a teen club or adult club??

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Sargebaby 01/16/12 - 12:34 pm
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"why is any club open on a

"why is any club open on a sunday night at 1 whether its a teen club or adult club??"

Ask your commissioners!

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Patty-P 01/16/12 - 01:06 pm
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AC must have pulled my last

AC must have pulled my last post. There should be no teen clubs in Augusta. It is obvious places like this leave opportunity for things like this to take place. Shut the place down.

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madgerman 01/16/12 - 01:14 pm
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This child is dead because we
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This child is dead because we are a nation of very confusing and contradictory laws. When we got rid of the chair, we took the fear out of murderers to commit their crimes. Sad a child had to grow up in a time when no one really cares enough to keep children on the right path.

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Riverman1 01/16/12 - 01:40 pm
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@Daphne3520.....LOL...Tell us

@Daphne3520.....LOL...Tell us how you really feel.

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Conservative Man 01/16/12 - 02:37 pm
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Willow...you rock!!

Willow...you rock!!

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oldfella 01/16/12 - 02:44 pm
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Club Magic? Well somebody

Club Magic? Well somebody screwed this trick up - but they will get plenty of practice doing it again here in Augusta. Four murders in two weeks. At this rate, we'll have over 70 murders this year.

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GaStang22 01/16/12 - 03:50 pm
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Amen Tots @ 9:10. Condolences
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Amen Tots @ 9:10. Condolences to the kids family.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 01/16/12 - 03:52 pm
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"while seating in the
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"while seating in the vehicle"

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