Crime & Courts

Richmond Co. | Columbia Co. | Aiken Co. |

First Friday shooting victims tell their stories

Sunday, July 8, 2012 6:20 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012 2:00 AM
  • Follow Crime & courts

Brittany Moore remembers hearing two men arguing about a red shirt before shots rang out on Broad Street.

Brittany Moore (right), 14, with her cousin, 17-year-old Ashely Fibert. Both were on Broad Street when a shooter opened fire Friday night. Moore was hit in the leg.  Special
Special
Brittany Moore (right), 14, with her cousin, 17-year-old Ashely Fibert. Both were on Broad Street when a shooter opened fire Friday night. Moore was hit in the leg.


“We heard the word ‘Kings’ and then gunshots,” the 14-year-old said Sunday.

Another victim remembered two large groups of people arguing.

Authorities have not said whether Fri­day’s shooting could be gang-related. But Capt. Scott Gay said Sunday he thinks it was, but with no known relation to a group called Kings.

About 11:30 p.m. Friday, police said one shooter opened fire in the 900 block of Broad Street, hitting six people.

Authorities are still working to identify and arrest the shooter. Richmond County sheriff’s deputies brought in people for questioning Friday night but have said some of the witnesses were not cooperating.

Moore, a high school freshman from South Carolina, was downtown for her first First Friday when she heard shots and started running with the crowd. She felt something on her leg but did not realize she had been shot until she saw the blood. When she and her cousin, Ashley Fibert, 17, ran around a corner they saw a police car. Moore and Fibert hobbled over to it, but it was empty.

Moore saw two officers in the middle of the street. She shuffled her way toward them.

“They told me to get out of the road,” she said.

A woman driving by saw her bleeding and had her two children get out of the car and put Moore in it. The woman dug some rags out of her backseat and applied pressure to Moore’s bullet wound, directly under her right knee.

Another deputy approached and asked what happened.

“I told him I had been shot. He just walked away,” Moore said.

When an ambulance arrived, Moore was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital with another victim.

“We were so scared,” Fibert said. “She was shot from behind. We didn’t even see the shooter.”

Devon Bullard, 22, was trying to go home when he was shot.

“I was just walking, just trying to get back to my car and go,” he said.

Bullard said he passed the two arguing groups just before the shots rang out. A bullet presumably meant for someone in that crowd flew through the back of Bullard’s thigh and went cleanly through the front.

“It didn’t hurt at first. I didn’t feel anything, I was just trying to run down the street,” Bullard said. “I felt it later, though.”

Bullard said he ran into police officers, realized he was shot, and was taken by ambulance to MCG Hospital. He was released Saturday, and said all he wanted to do was put Friday night behind him.

A third victim, Jenea Simmons, 17, said she was experiencing her first First Friday after celebrating a friend’s birthday dinner nearby. She was walking along Ninth Street with three friends when the shots were fired.

The girls were away from the two arguing groups, and Simmons said she never saw the crowd or the shooter.

“I didn’t see anything,” Simmons said. “I was just looking at the sidewalk, trying to watch where I was going, then I heard the shots and saw people running.”

Simmons thought the gunshots were fireworks at first, but heard people screaming and turned around to run away. When she did, she found she couldn’t move her right foot.

“My foot was stuck,” Simmons said. “I couldn’t move it, I fell down and my friend said I was bleeding. I looked down and there was this huge, bleeding hole in my foot.”

She was taken to MCG Hospital and released Sunday with crutches and a wheelchair. The immobility, she said, is one of the biggest challenges she now faces. When Simmons, 17, returns to Butler High School in August, she will have to use the wheelchair while taking several classes upstairs.

The biggest change is psychological.

“I can’t imagine me going through all this. I always said I’d never get shot,” she said. “That was my first and last First Friday. I’ll never go out like I’ve been going out.”

Simmons, like Bullard, is now trying to live with the damage and get Friday night behind her.

“I’ve just got to put this in the past,” she said. “I pray my foot gets better, and I want to get this in the past.”

All three victims said they had nothing to do with the arguing groups, but happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. They also said they were downtown specifically for First Friday.

Three other victims included two more females, 16 and 22, and a 21-year-old man. Their conditions have not been released, but authorities have said they did not think anyone had life-threatening injuries.

Sheriff Ronnie Strength said Saturday he was going to meet with city officials today to discuss the future of First Friday. He said there are two options: Someone can be responsible for the event or it can end.

Moore’s mother, Marie Ramsey, thought her teenager was going to dinner and a movie. She said she knows her daughter should not have been on Broad Street so late, but also said she remembered a time when she would not have had to worry about it.

“Things aren’t like they used to be,” she said. “You won’t catch me or my family in Augusta anytime soon.”

Comments (31) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
iLove
626
Points
iLove 07/08/12 - 05:23 pm
1
0
Hang it up
Unpublished

First Friday now needs to become Second Saturday....MORNING.

Willow Bailey
20603
Points
Willow Bailey 07/08/12 - 06:00 pm
11
0
Put a reward on the shooter's

Put a reward on the shooter's identity and his friends will turn him in..

itsanotherday1
46695
Points
itsanotherday1 07/08/12 - 09:27 pm
7
0
Heck, start a reward fund; I

Heck, start a reward fund; I will pitch in. It is time we said "enough" to these feral youth and take back the streets for decent people.

Dr_Evil
101
Points
Dr_Evil 07/08/12 - 09:58 pm
6
1
WHY???

Fourteen years old and out at 11:30? On Broad Street? On a Friday?

flipa
35
Points
flipa 07/08/12 - 10:13 pm
4
0
Reward for First Friday Shooter is already up to $1,000.00

Reward for First Friday Shooter is already up to $1,000.00 and is offered by Augusta Crime Stoppers.org. If anyone wants to add to that reward go to our FaceBook Page and search for Augusta Crime Stoppers.org. or contact us at www. AugustaCrimeStoppers.org.
Thank you for helping U.S. take a bite out of crime.

Riverman1
90139
Points
Riverman1 07/08/12 - 10:24 pm
10
2
Why Worry?

They only shoot each other. Bystanders never get hit. The bullets are designed so they only hit the intended. Why worry?

Seriously, The Great First Friday Shootout has lots of people worried. Sheriff Strength is on the right track. If no one takes responsibility for the thing and controls it, shut er down. Thank you, Sheriff Strength.

blues550
380
Points
blues550 07/08/12 - 10:59 pm
0
1
Arts Council
Unpublished

The event ends at 9. Arts Council clearly has noi responsibility.

As for the 14 year old. Somebody needs to dealing with her parents.

naycan
42
Points
naycan 07/09/12 - 04:47 am
7
0
The DDA should be

The DDA should be responsible. They are, according to code, responsible for the development of downtown and get taxpayers dollars. The authority needs to step up and ensure that those of us are safe at and after the event. If they don't want to do that, then they need to lose thier funding.

seenitB4
93348
Points
seenitB4 07/09/12 - 05:41 am
6
0
Way to go Sheriff!

He said...
Sheriff Ronnie Strength said Saturday he was going to meet with city officials today to discuss the future of First Friday. He said there are two options: Someone can be responsible for the event or it can end.

mudfunk
16
Points
mudfunk 07/09/12 - 06:26 am
3
0
Visit this site and you'll

Visit this site and you'll see the type of people doing the shooting:

http://chasthuglife.blogspot.com/

Our system is broke and these guys get back out on the street over and over again. It has contributed heavily to a culture that we better realize exists and address or it will only become more tragic.

CABoatright
188
Points
CABoatright 07/09/12 - 06:32 am
1
1
Yes Boodroe!
Unpublished

And let's add in there that "parenting" should begin BEFORE the age of 14, 15, 16!!!

JRC2024
9916
Points
JRC2024 07/09/12 - 06:53 am
4
0
Ask the owner of Luigi's

Ask the owner of Luigi's Resturant what it is like on first friday and all weekends at the new bar across the street. He will tell you about the class of people who hang out there-Horrible. Cussing, drunks and gunshots.

lifelongresident
1323
Points
lifelongresident 07/09/12 - 06:53 am
0
1
culture...culture...culture
Unpublished

culture...culture...culture of violence, i am sure the shooting happened because some body "looked at someone else wrong" so the shooter felt "dissrespected"....dress em up still can't take-em anywhere"

justthefacts
23737
Points
justthefacts 07/09/12 - 07:09 am
7
0
Think about it

"I always said I’d never get shot". Think about that statement for a minute. How sad that a young person would even have that thought in their brain.

belle
309
Points
belle 07/09/12 - 07:14 am
1
0
What does this have to do with First Friday?
Unpublished

It occurred AFTER all sanctioned First Friday events. It occurred OUTSIDE the bars. As for the children who were shot they had no business there without an adult (PARENT) chaperone. I know kids sneak around and lie about their activities (mine did). When caught mine were punished severely and for a LONG time. I hope this 14 yr old's mom doesn't think being shot is her punishment. Mom needs to handle this too. As do the parents of all those who were there under the age of 18. As for the gangs, if they actually served jail time for their multiple individual crimes they would not be there either.

akmoose
130
Points
akmoose 07/09/12 - 07:24 am
2
0
Someone definitely needs to

Someone definitely needs to enforce a curfew or an official end of time for First Friday...but those of us that have been going to First Friday for years know that it is over by 9:30pm. I am SO tired of the media saying it happened AT First Friday. If it had happened...or happens again on a Thursday or a Tuesday, what then? Close down the bars and eateries?? It's ridiculous!

JRC2024
9916
Points
JRC2024 07/09/12 - 07:30 am
4
0
mudfunk, I visited the site

mudfunk, I visited the site you published and it is horrible. How could a judge let any of these people back on the street? They do not belong near any decent people anywhere. Just read the posting on their facebook.

Iwannakno
1533
Points
Iwannakno 07/09/12 - 07:34 am
1
1
Austin
Unpublished

You always claim it's drug dealers or jilted lovers that are the cause of most homicides. This is what I have been saying all along. If you don't get things under control it's just a matter of time before the shooters start hitting innocent people. We have had 3 shootings in RC in the last year that had bystanders hit. I don't want to hear the argument about someone being out late at night. That's their right to walk, drive or run in the wee hours. This is america not nazi germany...

redapples
672
Points
redapples 07/09/12 - 07:35 am
3
0
I agree with Sheriff

I agree with Sheriff Strength, but the citizens of Augusta have to get more creative about managing the situation and not running from it. Running from it only allows it to continue to spread and will eventually take over every avenue of RC. Columbus is an example of a city with a riverfront and adjacent downtown area that has made a drastic and positive turnaround through urban revitalization. CSU moved its music campus downtown and many large business partners moved their campuses to the area. Rundown housing areas were rezoned and the homes purchased by business people for office space. Many merchants moved to the area and it is now a great place to hang out. There are bike and skate rentals for the Riverwalk along with bike repair shops and countless other creative merchants. It is possible to make a positive change, but the leaders have to create long-range plans to present to the public for buy-in.

JayJay
29
Points
JayJay 07/09/12 - 08:17 am
5
0
Isn't there a curfew law in

Isn't there a curfew law in Ga pertaining to minors? Why are all the teenagers still roaming up and down Broad Street if First Friday is over at 9:00? They can't patron any of the bars or clubs, so there is no reason for them to be down there. If we did a better job of enforcing the curfew law, which was put in place for this reason, there would be no crowd/audience for the misfits to act out in front of.

No_Longer_Amazed
5143
Points
No_Longer_Amazed 07/09/12 - 09:27 am
2
0
RE: Curfew Law for minors under age of 18

"Fridays and Saturdays the effective hours are between 12 midnight and 5 a.m. on the following day" - Sec. 3-1-1, TITLE 3, AUGUSTA-RICHMOND COUNTY CODE, READOPTED 7-10-2007.

http://www.augustaga.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/222

straightshooter
90
Points
straightshooter 07/09/12 - 09:25 am
5
0
Fate of First Friday...

The reason so many folks are downtown on First Friday, is because they just got their gov't check and are ready to blow it. There are rarely any vendors on the streets, or bands playing on the corner, etc. like there use to be. They just call it First Friday, but it's not really an event anymore (so no one is going to claim it as Strength is asking for). But it also won't go away, as you can refer to my first sentence as to why. First Fridays are the one day I know to stay out of downtown.

Odysseus
12
Points
Odysseus 07/09/12 - 09:36 am
4
0
RE: akmoose

Moose- you say "Those of us that have been going to First Friday for years know that it is over by 9:30pm. I am SO tired of the media saying it happened AT First Friday."

I'm a newcomer to the area and have just been here for two First Fridays and yes, the art galleries have closed and the fire twirlers have left at 9:30. Area bars, though, are also associated with the event and have First Friday specials and happy hours until they close at 2 a.m. It's been a great time to save a few bucks having drinks and making new friends. I don't think you can say the event is over downtown when art galleries and shops close.

Secondly, the media hasn't framed this around First Friday, the victims and law enforcement have. Read this article again, all three people who were shot and reached by these reporters said the only reason they were downtown was for First Friday. Yes, the media reported it, but they definitely did not invent the idea without a cause. When 100% of the interviewed shooting victims and the sitting sheriff all tie the violence to First Friday, you can't ignore it as something those media devils cooked up.

InChristLove
22481
Points
InChristLove 07/09/12 - 09:39 am
1
1
Several months ago after my

Several months ago after my spouse and I went to dinner we decided to drive downtown to check out First Friday. We had never been and didn't know what to expect but I can tell you we were extremely disappointed. Other than a few individuals sitting outside on the sidewalk eating and talking there wasn't much going on.

Something that I'm curious about....the young girl who was shot in the foot stated she would have to use a wheelchair when school starts but school is approximately 6 weeks away. Shouldn't her foot be healed enough where she could use the crutches or a padded boot on the foot?

You guessed it...Frank Stallone
83
Points
You guessed it...Frank Stallone 07/09/12 - 09:42 am
0
2
All the negative nancies

All the negative nancies don't forget Starbucks plant, NSA, Rockwood, chemical plant, new chain restaurant, algae biofuel place, airport expansion, blah blah blah blah blah blah denial blah.

InChristLove
22481
Points
InChristLove 07/09/12 - 09:49 am
2
0
Disregard last

Disregard last comment.....Simmons was the one shot in the foot, the teen was shot in the back of the leg below the knee area.

David Parker
7923
Points
David Parker 07/09/12 - 09:54 am
2
1
The number of annual

The number of annual applications to "carry" just went up by one. I'm not trying to go vigilante, but I'm evening the odds within my own personal space when I go downtown. And I will continue to go downtown, even more now.

Craig Spinks
817
Points
Craig Spinks 07/09/12 - 10:32 am
1
1
A Cycle of Violence:

From the popular media, to the home, to the school, to the street and then back to the popular media for a new infusion of violent (and prurient) stimuli as the next cycle begins.

stillamazed
1488
Points
stillamazed 07/09/12 - 10:33 am
0
1
Too young

We never let our daughter go to 1st Friday until she was 18 and then she still had a curfew, 14 years old is to young to be hanging out downtown at those hours. I hate that this happened but the parents of all the underaged teens who were there need to really get a grip on reality here......it is no place for kids that age, even though I am sure they THINK they are grown! These so called WANNA BE, yeah wanna be thugs always go and try to ruin everything that could be enjoyable to people who live here. They should all be shipped out to cities like LA or Chicago to see what real thugs are, they would not last a day!

stillamazed
1488
Points
stillamazed 07/09/12 - 10:43 am
3
0
Sheriff Strength's Comment

You can't shut eveything down as a means of dealing with violence, when we start doing that then we are letting the criminals run everything. I agree there has to be something done but we can't let the criminals win! There are more good people in this area than bad and the good needs to stand united across color boundaries.

Back to Top

Search Augusta jobs