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Augusta club where shooting happened not properly licensed

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 6:28 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 4:29 AM
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The club where shots were fired between two gangs leading to Monday morning’s fatal shooting of an Augusta teen was not properly licensed and should not have been open, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

The club, Magic City at 3200 Mike Padgett Highway, was not licensed as a place of assembly for a party that was held there but instead had a mercantile license. Patrick Walton, the business owner, admitted to officers who came to the scene that he did not have special duty officers at the party because he was not properly licensed.

Investigators estimated there were more than 200 people in their late teens and a few in their early 20s in the building the night of the shooting. A fight broke out on the dance floor and spilled into the parking lot when the DJ began playing “gangsta rap” toward closing time.

“That shows gross negligence,” sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Elim said. “To have an event without a proper license and a target audience that’s a young and volatile group with opposing gangs is reckless. That’s one of the reasons teen clubs in Richmond County are hard to approve.”

Kyle Royal, 16, died after a bullet hit him in the head while he was the backseat passenger in a vehicle that was leaving the club. The vehicle crashed into a utility pole at the Lumpkin Road intersection after the shooting. A 19-year-old was also shot, in the leg in the club’s parking lot.

Three guns were found in the vehicle. Royal, who was in the car with four others, was shooting one of the guns when he was killed, said Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Blaise Dresser.

Four types of weapon shells, 31 shells total, were recovered from the Magic City parking lot and highway in front of the facility.

Walton applied for a dance hall license and certificate of occupancy for Magic City in October and opened shortly thereafter, according to Rob Sherman, the director of Licensing and Inspection.

It wasn’t until officers and fire department officials were called to the facility in December during a party with 400 to 500 people that officials realized the facility was operating with an inappropriate license for the size and type of event, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office memo dated Dec. 16.

“He (the owner) was told not to have anything in that building,” Elim said.

Sherman said both the business license and the certificate of occupancy were pulled from Walton until he could provide floor plans demonstrating a safety plan for occupants.

Several weeks ago when Walton met with Sherman, the owner said an architect had been hired and plans were in progress. Plans were never submitted, however.

Interim Fire Chief Chris James did not return messages left for him Tuesday.

Sherman said Walton will be meeting with licensing and inspections, fire department and sheriff’s department officials Wednesday to discuss the licensing issue.

“It’s a tragedy,” sheriff’s Capt. Scott Peebles said. “We strongly encourage parents to not allow children to go to teen clubs. Obviously nothing good comes from it.”

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augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 01/17/12 - 08:08 pm
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I won't post a direct link

I won't post a direct link because I'm sure the Chronicle won't show the comment if I do, but if you google 1st class fridays magic city augusta ga, you will get a youtube video that shows what this place is all about. After watching the video, no surprise that this happened.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 01/17/12 - 08:16 pm
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augusta citizen, that link

augusta citizen, that link has already been posted when the story broke. Who really is at fault for this useless lost of life?

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 01/17/12 - 08:30 pm
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Wow! Thanks, augusta

Wow! Thanks, augusta citizen, for including that info in your comment. I think each person who comments on here should check out that video. If..and that's a big if...if you did have some sort of feeling like "Oh, that poor boy was in the wrong place at the wrong time!", then you'll see that he most likely knew what type of "people" hung out at this horrible place! Not saying he deserved to be shot or to die, but that's apparently the danger EVERYONE that went to this place took a chance with at this club! I can not imagine any policeman feeling comfortable working a special in that stinkhole! So glad it's closed up and hope it's for good!

gargoyle
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gargoyle 01/17/12 - 08:58 pm
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A noise complaint was called

A noise complaint was called in on Dec 30th to the police about that location... I wonder if anyone else had been complaining as well or if it was ever followed up on.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 01/17/12 - 09:46 pm
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CobaltGeorge, you're right,

CobaltGeorge, you're right, alinfun commented on the earlier story to google magic city augusta ga. I found it easier to bring up with the 1st class fridays attached. It brought it up top of the list. In my opinion the person at fault for the useless loss of life is ultimately the one who shot and killed him.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 01/17/12 - 10:16 pm
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Even if this place closes up,

Even if this place closes up, another rat hole just like it will pop up. The glorification of the "gangsta" lifestyle is appalling and sickening. I'm not a prude, but just listen to the lyrics, watch the attitudes displayed, and look at the gang signs being flashed. How can one patronize a place like this and NOT expect trouble?

GaStang22
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GaStang22 01/17/12 - 11:52 pm
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fatboyhog & madgerman I agree
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fatboyhog & madgerman I agree with you both 100%. The club owner also needs to be arrested, fined, and sued by the taxpayers for all expenses related, police, medical, public defenders, court time etc...... But then again, if most of them are at the club with their ilk where WE know not to go, less time they are out on the street victimizing innocent people.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 01/18/12 - 02:05 am
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The Three Most Important

The Three Most Important Questions in Augusta: Whom is he paying off? To whom is he kin? Who is providing him legal representation?

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 01/18/12 - 03:56 am
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Arrest the owners/operators

Arrest the owners/operators immediatley.

tanbaby
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tanbaby 01/18/12 - 05:04 am
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is anyone really
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is anyone really surprised????

alinfun
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alinfun 01/18/12 - 06:52 am
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Let the club stay open, have

Let the club stay open, have the authorities set up surveillance nearby and inside the business. That is if the building owner will cooperate, not the club renter, which I don't think the club renter will, since he was not truthful about the business being open Sunday. Get DEA involved as well. Then follow suspicious vehicles leaving the club. Start making arrest for illegal firearms, drugs, contraband, laundered money, etc......

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 01/18/12 - 07:57 am
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I watched the youtube video
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I watched the youtube video and it's full of idiots. This place should be confiscated by the po po and any others that pop up should have the same done. They didn't pay for a police presence because there's so much illegal activity going on there.... especially weapons. I'm sure there are other illegal "dealings" going on there too. The google search also brought up a link to a facebook event page and it listed it as a new "club".

david jennings
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david jennings 01/18/12 - 08:02 am
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Sounds like a good place for

Sounds like a good place for community leaders, ministers, activist etc. those advocating non violence to actually deliver a punch to the virus infecting our young people. Maybe put flyers on windshields, be a presence, feet on the ground where the action is. I wouldn't go there alone, but a large group would show the community and the trouble makers this type behavior is not acceptable.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/18/12 - 08:47 am
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This shows what your "zero

This shows what your "zero tolerance" public school policies lead to. Truckin’ Ranger wrote:

They didn't pay for a police presence because there's so much illegal activity going on there.... especially weapons. I'm sure there are other illegal "dealings" going on there too.

They can't bring their guns and drugs to school, so society needs to have a place where they can meet and show off their guns.

proud2bamerican
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proud2bamerican 01/18/12 - 09:43 am
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Until people accept the

Until people accept the responsibility of raising their children which includes knowing where they are and having them home at a decent hour, these problems will continue and continue to grow. The family is the foundation of our civilization and we have all but given it up and often do not even try to work toward family unity. Kids are looking for a place to 'belong' and to earn some thug's momentary approval; why are we not giving that to them at home?

betcha2
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betcha2 01/18/12 - 09:51 am
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When a business falsifies its

When a business falsifies its application in order to obtain permits (which are not legal because of the fraudulent applications) then the owner of the business is as much at fault with the outcome of opening, a boy killed. Not only did the owner fraudulently obtain some type of permits, but when discovered was told NOT to open and operate. The owner tried to pull polictics into the mess and disregarded all instructions as to not to open as a dance hall. Criminal charges should be held against him.

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Pops 01/18/12 - 11:56 am
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I'm afraid the "dream" has

I'm afraid the "dream" has turned into a nightmare.........

JRC2024
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JRC2024 01/18/12 - 12:07 pm
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Disgusting people and

Disgusting people and disgusting place.

iLove
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iLove 01/18/12 - 02:06 pm
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@Craig - Do you remember
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@Craig - Do you remember Renita Crawford from WJBF? ......I am told that they are siblings.....it that means anything.

The owner should be brought up on charges imo becuase I am SURE HE KNEW, given the climate of violence in Augusta, HE WAS IN THE WRONG. First, why so late? Second, on the day of Dr. MLK's Birthday/Memorial. (Birthday Jan. 15) Memorial (16). Do you have ANY PRIDE IN HISTORY SON? Third, and most importantly, he knew that he didn't have the correct license.

If we don't care about our children, then who the h*** will?

He is just a disgusting as the people in the video imo.

Deke, where you @? Commissoners, where you @? Lockett, Mason, Johnson, Hatney, where you @? Ministers, where you @? Fatzz and Cher, Helen Blocker Adams, Ryan B, where you @?

I know that is incorrect grammer. . . .just trying to selll my point.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 01/18/12 - 02:22 pm
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For once I agree with

For once I agree with everything you say ilove.

Hot - Hat
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Hot - Hat 01/18/12 - 03:43 pm
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Why is it relevant as to whom

Why is it relevant as to whom the owner of MagicCity is related to or whom you think he has in his "pockets" matter. What should be present on all citizens minds are why RCPD and homicide detectives are not following up on leads they were given by what witnesses saw that night.

When are you "black" people going to wake up and realize that Augusta is a "good ole boy town" and that influential people don't give a hoot about the crime rate nor statistics when it comes to black on black crime.

After it was discovered that the deceased was an alleged "gang banger" the investigation shifted to the owner. Why??....because they could care less about solving everyday black on black crime and would rather focus on something that would peak the interest of the media like going after a business owner.

The business owner did not place a weapon in the hands of the suspect or suspects nor did he tell the suspects to pick up a weapon and fire into a moving vehicle. The media like always is trying to elevate the situation. Instead of focusing on the killer or killers.

Citizens of South Augusta, RCPD wake up and hold responsible the parents of these "thugs" in the streets behaving badly. Parents; know where your children are and the company they keep.

The loss of life was directly caused by the person or persons that pulled the trigger that night. Come on RCPD and homicide detectives let's get in gear and focus on ballistics, eyewitnesses, camera surveillance and etc to catch a killer or killers.

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Patty-P 01/18/12 - 03:44 pm
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I agree with iLove too.

I agree with iLove too.

iLove
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iLove 01/18/12 - 05:44 pm
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:) for once....lol. It's a
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:) for once....lol. It's a sad situation, seriously.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 01/18/12 - 05:43 pm
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If there is no license to

If there is no license to operate a business as a 'club', then the owner needs to face the consequences for opening it anyway. I will also agree that parents need to know where their kids are. When there is a hotspot out there like this for kids to go, they will go regardless. Augusta's youth just aren't ready for clubs with the way things are out there.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 01/18/12 - 06:07 pm
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iLove hit the nail on the

iLove hit the nail on the head when he asked where are the black "leaders" in this community on this topic??? Just the other day, Rev. Fryer was featured in an article in this paper...where are YOU, Rev. Fryer?? Why aren't YOU doing something about this? No, I'm not meaning to single you out, but your name was one of the most recently seen in the paper. What about the black commissioners? Actually, where are ANY of the commissioners?? I don't care if they are black or white...this affects all of us, doesn't it? If you leaders really want to lead us, then DO SOMETHING!! We will have so much more respect for you if we at least see you trying to do something. As it is, people that only stand behind a pulpit (in church or at the government office) once a week aren't saying what is needing to be said...and it's not worth listening to.

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ParentEducator 01/18/12 - 08:03 pm
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Wow, the statement "Royal,

Wow, the statement "Royal, who was in the car with four others, was shooting one of the guns when he was killed" just about says it all. I am deeply saddened by the loss of life and feel for the family members of this young man but those that live by the gun die by the gun. I guess Augusta is lucky that more of our young people didn't perish that night with 31 shells on the ground and 4 different types of weapons. Someone from the community needs to stand up and help lead these young people on a different path.

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