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Boy, 10, shot to death in Hephzibah

Monday, March 26, 2012 6:20 PM
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A 10-year-old boy was shot to death Monday evening, and witnesses saw another young boy dragging him toward a trash bin.

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Police investigate a shooting that left one dead Monday evening in the 3900 block of Deans Bridge Road.   Summer Moore/Staff
Summer Moore/Staff
Police investigate a shooting that left one dead Monday evening in the 3900 block of Deans Bridge Road.


Richmond County deputies were called to Plantation Acres Mobile Homes, off the 3900 block of Deans Bridge Road in Hephzibah at 5:15 p.m. on a report of gunshots, Lt. Blaise Dresser said.

The deputies found the body of a 10-year-old boy in the yard.

Dresser said officers were conducting interviews but had not charged anyone yet.

Jimmy Andrews, who lives directly across the street from where the boy’s body was found, said he saw another boy dragging the victim by the arms across the yard toward a trash bin.

“I thought they were playing,” Andrews said.

The boy opened the trash bin when he reached it, Andrews said.

“That young man sees everybody else put things in that Dumpster,” Andrews said. “So I guess he thought he would put his friend in the Dumpster.”

At that point, Andrews’ son leaped over the fence to check the victim’s pulse and saw he was bleeding from the back of his head.

“That’s when I called 911,” Andrews said.

Other neighbors said they had heard shots fired as early as 3 p.m.

Andrews, who has lived in the subdivision for 30 years, said he did not recognize either of the boys and thought they had recently moved to Plantation Acres.

The shooting was unusual for the quiet Hephzibah neighborhood, said 14-year resident Ava Anderson. She has a 16-year-old child and knows people with young children who live on either side of her.

The homes have occasionally had a few burglaries, she said, but she could not remember a shooting.

“It’s really scary,” she said. “There are kids all over the place around here.”

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Tots
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Tots 03/26/12 - 06:17 pm
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Why is this saying South

Why is this saying South Augusta? I thought Kristie street was in Hephzibah Ga..

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 03/26/12 - 07:31 pm
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Who cares where it is? This

Who cares where it is? This is so tragic! A 10 year old child? God, what is happening on this Earth? I pray for all the people involved.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 03/26/12 - 08:00 pm
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Terrible...terrible....

Terrible...terrible....

Tots
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Tots 03/26/12 - 08:44 pm
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It does matter when you have

It does matter when you have kids outside playing ...Prayers for the child was said before the post was made..

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 03/26/12 - 09:19 pm
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Yes, I agree with Tots, it

Yes, I agree with Tots, it does matter that the address is reported correctly, for MANY reasons. One of which, in my case, was that I step outside to run an errand at 1:40pm in Augusta (not Hephzibah) and I hear three methodical and evenly spaced gunshots, loud enough to flinch, but not close enough to duck, in other words, too close for comfort in a suburban area. I do not know yet what happened, but I heard that a lot of people called it in the same time I did. Does anyone know what happened? It sounded like it was a little over halfway between the Richmond Hill Road edge of the Alleluia community and Church's Fried Chicken on Peach Orchard Road, probably on or off of Martin Road.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 03/26/12 - 09:21 pm
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And yes, I am upset that a 10

And yes, I am upset that a 10 year old boy is dead. Why??

KSL
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KSL 03/26/12 - 09:52 pm
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There is nothing political

There is nothing political about this other than it's not politically useful.

xpresso1
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xpresso1 03/26/12 - 09:56 pm
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So very tragic..God please

So very tragic..God please send comfort to this family.

KSL
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KSL 03/26/12 - 10:04 pm
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From the article: “That young

From the article: “That young man sees everybody else put things in that Dumpster,” Andrews said. “So I guess he thought he would put his friend in the Dumpster.”

At that point, Andrews’ son leaped over the fence to check the victim’s pulse and saw he was bleeding from the back of his head.

“That’s when I called 911,” Andrews said.

HUH??

double_standard
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double_standard 03/26/12 - 10:13 pm
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Dickworth I think that the

Dickworth I think that the case in Florida and this one is very different.

msttimtjt2
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msttimtjt2 03/26/12 - 10:25 pm
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This is very tragic! 10 year

This is very tragic! 10 year olds life cut short at the hands of a gun. Father God, I pray that you will give this family and others , that have lost their young, middle aged, and senior citizens by guns, being in the hands of untraind, uncaring, thoughtless....ect individuals. Have mercy on the villen as well as the victims.

specsta
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specsta 03/26/12 - 11:14 pm
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I wonder how many of the 2nd

I wonder how many of the 2nd Amendment and NRA supporters will try to justify this tragedy?

If a gun had not been in the home, there would no tragedy. No gun = no shooting, no death. It's very simple to understand.

Frank I
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Frank I 03/26/12 - 11:41 pm
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and then specsta, only

and then specsta, only criminals will have guns.. do you really think they'll give up theirs? if anything the blame would lie in the adult who did not properly secure the weapon.. and as far as the address is concerned, it is Hephzibah by mailing address alone.. it is not within the city limits so it could be described as south Augusta, or by its mailing address of Hephzibah..

Frank I
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Frank I 03/26/12 - 11:43 pm
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most importantly though, my

most importantly though, my heart goes out to the family of the child.. I can't imagine the hurt I would feel if it were my 11 year old son taken in such a tragic manner...

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/27/12 - 12:20 am
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specsta???? Really?? Do you
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specsta???? Really?? Do you really think a gun ban will prevent criminals from having guns? Do you honestly think criminals don't have children??? SMH!!!

Also, 2nd amendment supporters and NRA don't have to justify anything. Do we ban cars because of bad drivers? Ban steak and carving knives because people murder with them? You don't ban everything, you punish those who use the item maliciously or negligently. That's what is very simple to understand!!!!!

a different drum
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a different drum 03/27/12 - 12:51 am
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Autumn leaves -- there was a

Autumn leaves -- there was a military style fumeral at hillcresl cemetery today. You probably heard shots fired at the service.

HoosierDaddy
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HoosierDaddy 03/27/12 - 03:16 am
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dickworth1 wrote: how tragic

dickworth1 wrote:
how tragic it is that a white person shot and killed a young black.

Read the story... he was killed by a Latino, not a white person.

Martinez
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Martinez 03/27/12 - 05:48 am
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Call me crazy but I need

Call me crazy but I need someone to explain this paragraph to me "The shooting was unusual for the quiet Hephzibah neighborhood, said 14-year resident Ava Anderson. She has a 16-year-old child and knows people with young children who live on either side of her." I know kids are having kids young these days but ........

copperhead
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copperhead 03/27/12 - 05:56 am
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Has hussein called the family

Has hussein called the family yet?

copperhead
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copperhead 03/27/12 - 06:01 am
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specsta,have you come up with

specsta,have you come up with a plan to rid the world of those evil guns yet? How do you propose taking a gun away from somebody? Surely you wouldn't use another gun?!? How would you go about uninventing guns?

cytoranger
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cytoranger 03/27/12 - 06:09 am
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It means she. has lived there

It means she. has lived there 14 years .nothing to do with.her age , she may have been 30 when she moves that ie she is now 30+14 45 and her daughter is16. to the family that will have to deal with the loss ,my prayers of comfort I'm your time of shock and sorrow . I have been there, while it never goes away we do with God holding our hands manage to move forward. Until then, God will hold you and comfort you and keep you in his love.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 03/27/12 - 06:15 am
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Martinez, I think it means

Martinez, I think it means the woman has been a resident there for 14 years not that she is 14 years old, and also she has a 16 year old daughter. This is tragic and prayers go out to the family.

Martinez
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Martinez 03/27/12 - 06:25 am
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got it now .... need coffee

got it now .... need coffee .... read that several times and it didn't click.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/27/12 - 07:09 am
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Autumn Leaves wrote: Yes, I

Autumn Leaves wrote:

Yes, I agree with Tots, it does matter that the address is reported correctly, for MANY reasons.

I also agree. Plantation Acres Mobile Home Park is not in Hephzibah. Oh, sure, it is fairly close to Hephzibah. Its mailing address says Hephzibah, but it is not in Hephzibah.

Hephzibah is an incorporated city. It has accurately-marked city limit boundaries. Plantation Acres Mobile Home Park is outside (by a fairly wide margin) those city limits.

The headline reads “Boy, 10, shot to death in Hephzibah.”

A sentence reads “Richmond County deputies were called to Plantation Acres Mobile Homes, off the 3900 block of Deans Bridge Road in Hephzibah. . . .”

Another sentence reads “The shooting was unusual for the quiet Hephzibah neighborhood. . . .”

Augusta/Richmond County is a consolidated government. Therefore, if you are in Richmond County and you are not inside the city limits of Hephzibah or Blythe, you are in Augusta. This tragic death occurred in Augusta, not in Hephzibah.

csrareader
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csrareader 03/27/12 - 07:40 am
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spectsa said: "If a gun had

spectsa said: "If a gun had not been in the home, there would no tragedy. No gun = no shooting, no death. It's very simple to understand."

What the heck are you trying to say? Based on your logic, if cars were not on the road, there would be no traffic fatalities... So we should ban cars? Prayers to the family. Stop trying to make a political point from a tragedy.

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dstewartsr 03/27/12 - 07:45 am
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LL, You are right. There are

LL, You are right. There are two reasons this may have been written this way. Ignorance on the part of the writer is probably at fault; the journalistic standards for anything not City of Augusta (Old) are minimal as we've seen time and time again. The second is the writer is trying to put this in Hephzibah to make it have happened not in Augusta; to show other places --seen as white-- have these crimes as well.

Living in Grovetown --within the city limits-- I am forever annoyed because the AC goes by mailing address rather than by actual location, as in a recent holdup which was in Richmond county reported as taking place in Grovetown, one county over and six miles away. Sloppy is as sloppy does.

lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 03/27/12 - 07:49 am
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And yet we had hoards of

And yet we had hoards of teens flocking to see "The Hunger Games". We would be totally naive to ask "why these things happen" when kids are exposed to just gratuitous violence everywhere they turn. It's time we took a stand against Hollywood and the entertainment world and let them know that we will not support this kind of "entertainment", if that is what you want to call it. Yes, the media has the freedom of speech to produce this trash, but WE have the power and the freedom to choose not to support it, and so sending them a message that we will not tolerate this trash being produced.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 03/27/12 - 08:08 am
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do the owners of these
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do the owners of these unsecured guns ever get prosecuted? i see that being asleep and having a kid sneak out sends parents to jail, but in all the many child gun deaths, i haven't seen any owners held to any personal responsibility. am i missing something?

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toldyaso 03/27/12 - 08:59 am
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@Just My Opinion--You asked

@Just My Opinion--You asked why, and the answer can be found in the book of Mathew chapter 24 and 25. Man's hearts are filled with evil--------- such a terrible tragedy.

Fuzz810
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Fuzz810 03/27/12 - 09:12 am
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Tots are you serious right

Tots are you serious right now? It does not matter if it was South, West, East or North Augusta, a mother and father's child is dead. Where do you live, Blythe. What are you thinking? I repeat Tots, are you serious right now?

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