Billboards produce no leads on unsolved case

On June 12, three electronic billboards began displaying reward information and photographs related to the shooting of Kyle Royal.

A new approach by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office for gathering leads on unsolved police cases has generated none.

On June 12, three electronic billboards began displaying reward information and photos related to the county’s only unsolved homicide of the year.

Kyle Royal, 16, was shot Jan. 16 during a gunfight outside Magic City, a nightclub operating illegally at 3200 Mike Padgett Highway.

Lt. Blaise Dresser said the sheriff’s office hoped the new technology would be another way to gather leads, but more than a week later, investigators have not received any tips from the public.

Immediately after the shooting, the sheriff’s office offered a reward for information.

Investigators said there were many people shooting after a fight started on the dance floor and spilled into the parking lot. Investigators estimate there were about 200 people at the club.

Investigators found more than 30 shells from .32-caliber, .380-caliber, .40-caliber, .45-caliber and 9 mm weapons in the parking lot and highway, but the person who pulled the trigger on the Hi-Point .45 carbine fired the fatal shot.

An investigation revealed that Royal was a backseat passenger in a car leaving the club when the
bullet struck him in the head. The car crashed at the Lumpkin Road intersection after the driver lost control.

An image of Royal, the weapon and the $5,000 reward are displayed on the billboards, which will remain up for a month.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 821-1020.

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