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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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Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 01/16/12 - 04:38 pm
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It is where the old bread
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It is where the old bread place was. Right by the mo money pawn shop and right near where the young man was shot in his yard when he didn't comply with a robbers request. Countryman and Austin can dress it up all they like but its just a matter of time before the bullets start hitting innocent people. My father always warned me that consolidation meant consolidating your taxes downtown. Sure they will throw you a bone now and again but you will never see real growth and you will see people with kids start moving to areas with better performing schools. The census doesn't lie. In spite of people saying otherwise no real population growth in 10 years and just take a ride down gordon highway from fort gordon to broad street. A lot of decent people are being surrounded by trash and criminals. Just look at the way the commission functions. Sad what Augusta is becoming.

Billyds999
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Billyds999 01/16/12 - 04:26 pm
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This town is full of little

This town is full of little wanna-be gangsta's. Let them all get together with other little wanna-be gangsta's, let their hormones get going, along with a whole bunch of pride, couple that with absent parents who want to be friends, instead of beating their butts when they do something wrong (I'm not saying that this kid's parent(s) were like this- I dont know them), then you've got the psycologists that say you cant invade your kids privacy by going into their bedrooms and search for drugs and guns,...

Whata you expect!

The only place MY 16 year old is going to be at at 2 o'clock in the morning is at home in the bed, or maybe at the church lock-in with lots of adult supervision!

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/16/12 - 04:32 pm
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And again, Conservative man,

And again, Conservative man, thank you. Maybe this can stay up.

Tots
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Tots 01/16/12 - 04:37 pm
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Did anyone on here read or

Did anyone on here read or hear something about another shooting this past Thursday night around the FireStone / Barney's pharmacy on HWY25 ??

There was a pool of blood on that corner Friday morning...

I didn't see it but the kids around here are talking about that now..I did hear the shots fired .. Been hearing them over by Butler too..

Tots
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Tots 01/16/12 - 04:45 pm
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Ok people help me out here,

Ok people help me out here, Riverman posted this @12:40pm-@Daphne3520.....LOL...Tell us how you really feel.

Do i need more coffee,less coffee or new reading glasses?
I don't see this post..Was the AC censorship used?

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 01/16/12 - 05:13 pm
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Tots..yeah, There has been a

Tots..yeah, There has been a few posts removed today. Sometimes makes it a bit hard to follow the thread but no worries.....You're not losing your sight!!

Tots
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Tots 01/16/12 - 05:20 pm
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Good afternoon coservative

Good afternoon coservative man,Thanks..

aug-guy
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aug-guy 01/16/12 - 05:49 pm
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I heard more than a few shots

I heard more than a few shots about 2-am-ish followed by the sounds of an siren. There is a saying "kids will be kids". Growing up around here, I see the mentality hasn't improved since I graduated from Butler.

oldfella
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oldfella 01/16/12 - 06:34 pm
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I'm not a fan of entitlements

I'm not a fan of entitlements when not warranted, but I really think it's only fair that every citizen of Augusta/Richmond County should get a "Hazardous Duty" check every month.

Tots
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Tots 01/16/12 - 07:00 pm
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Then i should get two of

Then i should get two of those checks oldfella,one for living here and one for working here..

iLove
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iLove 01/16/12 - 08:48 pm
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Given then track record for
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Given then track record for teen clubs on this area, who in their right mind would have a gathering so late into the night KNOWING that many teens will be there......and then not take responsibility for anything events that transpired because of the gathering?

BAN ALL TEEN CLUBS/PARTIES.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/16/12 - 09:15 pm
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iLove posted: BAN ALL TEEN

iLove posted:

BAN ALL TEEN CLUBS/PARTIES.

Count to ten, iLove. Then take a deep breath. This is still America. It is (for a limited time, I fear), still the land of the free. You cannot ban teen clubs or parties - - - - yet. After November, all bets are off.

countyman
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countyman 01/16/12 - 09:29 pm
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Banning parties or shutting

Banning parties or shutting down teen clubs(which won't happen and shouldn't) won't solve anything..

The majority of shootings, and homicides have nothing to do with clubs or parties..

Old Fella.. Two of those homicides were domestic related, and murders are unpredictable.. The chances of having two domestic homicides in Augusta is very slim, but we definitely won't never come close to 70 homicides. I also think you need to drive around Richmond County more often, if you think the residents for example off Alexander, Stevens Creek, West Wheeler Pkwy, Brown, Willis Foreman, Jimmie Dyess, etc need a harzadous check.. Then again aren't you the person who rush to tell us Jimmie Dyess with is 38k cars is busy(can't come close to Washington, Wheeler, Wrightsboro, Windsor Spring, etc), and forgot the majority of the rd was located in Richmond County..

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/16/12 - 09:28 pm
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Countyman, what do you think

Countyman, what do you think the majority of the shootings and homicides have to do with?

ParentEducator
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ParentEducator 01/16/12 - 10:06 pm
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There just seems to be

There just seems to be missing facts in this reporting. Two other people were sent to the hospital with gun shot wounds. Were they the passenger and driver of the car? Did the car have gun shot holes? Did the passenger and driver of the car have guns? Was this a "Woodlake" thing? Are the people shot adults? students? Students where? I've been checking back all day for more facts and nothing has been added here or on the local TV stations. The teachers and parents at the local schools should have more facts before sending their kids to school in the morning. Is there going to be a retaliation of any kind? If Mahic City had a party there had to been dozens of kids/young adults, someone can confirm there was or was not a party there. Please update the facts surrounding this.

Pu239
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Pu239 01/16/12 - 10:23 pm
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Magic City, Super C, Dreams,
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Magic City, Super C, Dreams, 5150, After 3, Club Platinum, Tinted Windows, Stoppers, Alter Egoz, Belair Conference Center , Wooden Barrel, Soundtrack Supper Club, Mr J's Famous Door, Dirty South, Mulligan's

Pu239
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Pu239 01/16/12 - 10:48 pm
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ACES is holding a comment
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ACES is holding a comment that lists nightclubs and parties where shootings have occured...I don't understand why they are holding the list...it came from the AC search engine....

truthhurts706
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truthhurts706 01/17/12 - 07:07 am
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This is totally a Nght Club!!

This is totally a Nght Club!! Check out his Facebook page:http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001511548750

Its so common for club owners to call their clubs "banquet" halls.
This is such a sad situation. My prayers go out to the young man's family.

alinfun
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alinfun 01/17/12 - 07:44 am
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Google Magic City, Augusta

Google Magic City, Augusta GA. and watch the Youtube video, some dance hall "right"! Looks like a gang bangers lair to me...

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 01/17/12 - 09:22 am
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alinfun, I found and watched

alinfun, I found and watched the video you mentioned. Your description is right on target.

firecoke
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firecoke 01/17/12 - 09:31 am
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It is the old bread store.

It is the old bread store. Which has a huge warehouse behind it for the "banquets".

raul
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raul 01/17/12 - 10:15 am
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See you tube video 1st Class

See you tube video 1st Class Friday at Club Magic City (Augusta Ga.) I think Fred Russell needs to see this before approval or dissapproval of the license as a "dance hall" is made.

My My, those young gentlemen would look so much nicer in fresh pressed kakhis, docksiders, and a polo shirt. LOL.

scratchthesurface
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scratchthesurface 01/17/12 - 10:38 am
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Shutting down the club,
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Shutting down the club, Blaming the owner or fining the owner will not solve the problem. What needs to happen is "PUNISH THE PARENTS" !! If the police or the commissioners will put a rule in place that will put the parents at fault as well as the kids, the crime/murder rate with our teen wil drop. Whenever a teen get in trouble, the parent needs to be fined $500 or more or 30 days in jail. If you hit the parent with a hefty fine or days in jail, watch and see how many teens get in trouble.......We got to come tom the reality that it's the parent fault that the teens are acting like this.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/17/12 - 11:02 am
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scratch, I understand your

scratch, I understand your sentiment, but I wager most of these out of control teens have (a) parent and not parent(s). I also wager that parent has multiple kids at home. What happens when we jail them? You then have a bunch of kids that become wards of the state and on and on. We MUST resolve this at a more base level by stopping the subsidization of illegitimacy and liberal/PC think that destroys the idea of two parent families. For the most part, children from intact families don't behave this way.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 01/17/12 - 11:21 am
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Scratchthesurface, I will

Scratchthesurface, I will agree and disagree on your comment, only because I have seen families with 3 and 4 kids that only one will go bad....so how do you explain that? Still bad parenting? I will agree that there is a big lack of parenting in some communities while in more upper class communities you have parents at home but they are blind to what their kids are really doing. It seems that kids with a lack of or poor parenting tend to commit more violent crimes while the richer kids get drunk and buy drugs behind mom and dads back....all the while mom and dad think their kids do no wrong. When my daughter started school in Evans she told me she could not believe how all the rich kids did so many drugs and most drank heavily underage. So when kids are doing all of this behind mom and dads back how do you blame the parents? And which parents do you feel sorry for and blame? The ones who know they are crap or the ones who live in a fantasy world?

scratchthesurface
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scratchthesurface 01/17/12 - 11:38 am
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itsanotherday1 & stillamazed,
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itsanotherday1 & stillamazed, punishing the parents will wake the parents up and make them pay more attention to their children. It will force them to go in their room and go through their child's stuff. they will get more involved in their child's life. I understand that there might be other children at home to tend to, but the parent needs to focus on all their children. Not all, but majority of these teens parents don't care. They know their child is selling drugs and they don't care because he is paying the bills or giving them money. If we fine the parents or jail them, trust me it will wake them up and they will get out of that fantasy world

stillamazed
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stillamazed 01/17/12 - 12:17 pm
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I agree that some parents

I agree that some parents just don't care, especially when there is money coming in, my son in law has a friend whose mother is like that, she turns a blind eye to two of her sons dealing drugs because they are paying bills. However, some kids are really sneaky and a parent cannot be with them every minuet of the day and most teens will try their parents. I can see perhaps fining parents of kids of a certain age, but once kids start to drive and date then the parents just don't always know and some parents are very trusting. You think if you raise them right and with values that they will do the right thing but the truth is that they all don't.

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harlemmotherof2 01/17/12 - 01:25 pm
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To answer a question someone

To answer a question someone had, the MAGIC CITY, is actually the old bread store. Dont think that is an appropiate place for a teen/gang hang out. My son has a friend who lives across the street from it and he goes there alot. People should really hear the stories he tells of things he has seen in that place. And yes, it is a teen club in sorts. The owner needs to open his eyes or get ready to open his wallet because its coming back on him soon.

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kayla lee 01/17/12 - 03:15 pm
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just actually realizing this

just actually realizing this is real..... like even though i didnt know him much i went too school with him and the last thing i can remeber is seeing him in the hallway and saying i gotta get to class see you later and never so him again dang........ my condolences goes out to his family....R.I.P Kyle

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