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Crime scene chaos blamed for victim's treatment

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 11:45 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012 2:00 AM
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The chaos that surrounded the Friday night shooting of six people led to a 14-year-old victim’s claims that she was rendered no aid by two deputies she encountered, Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay said.

“I’m sorry if someone thought they were overlooked,” he said. “With the number of victims, suspects and witnesses, and trying to preserve a scene that was a city block, the scene was very chaotic.”

Brittany Moore, a high school freshman from South Carolina, was shot in the leg after an argument between two groups of people turned violent.

Moore said she saw two officers in the middle of the street and ran to 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.

Another deputy approached and asked what happened.

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

Moore’s mother is upset at the treatment she said her daughter received from deputies. She said she was pursuing legal action against the department.

Gay, who was one of the officers who responded to the scene, said the scene was very hard to control.

“It was almost like being in a war zone,” he said.

Witnesses were trying to point out shooters, and deputies were trying to grab suspects from a crowd of people running at full speed and screaming.

Gay also said there were a lot of people who thought they were shot but were not, and officers were trying to calm them down.

“It has always been the policy of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office to aid any injured person first,” he said. “That’s what we always try to do.”

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itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/11/12 - 12:22 am
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What we don't know is if the

What we don't know is if the officer who walked away was on the radio calling for medical assistance.

zcock
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zcock 07/11/12 - 01:10 am
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Par for the course

"She said she was pursuing legal action against the department"
I've seen it all. Question for the Mother... Why would you allow your 14 year old child out that late???? It's payday! Let's Supersize Your Settlement.

ss30809
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ss30809 07/11/12 - 01:22 am
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Help will get there....eventually

You can scream for help all you want, if the scene is not safe...the Officers are not safe either. They should not have to risk danger to themselves if they can't get the scene under control, for all they know someone could be still there and armed. Also, EMS will not enter the scene until it is safe/cleared by the police.

And who lets there 14 y/o go to First Friday anyway...especially at 11:30pm.

dwb619
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dwb619 07/11/12 - 01:52 am
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zcock

EXACTLY!

netmarten
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netmarten 07/11/12 - 02:55 am
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MOORE YOU ARE NOT ALONE

First of all the child being at First Friday is not the issue. I have been living in Augusta for about four years now and I know from experience that some of the cops are very rude and inconsiderate. If he was calling for medical assistance he could have told her. The cops were called for a situation that I witnessed and before the officers got out of the car they were rude and disrespectful. I am from the same city and state as Moore and I had never been treated rudely and disrespected by cops until I moved here. Moore I would like to wish you a speedy recovery and to let you know it is not just you who have experienced the rude and disrespectful treatment from some of Richmond County cops.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 07/11/12 - 03:57 am
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In a situation like what

In a situation like what occurred, the police officer has got to first assess the ENTIRE situation. Gun being fired...people screaming...people running for their lives...the suspect is amongst those running and screaming and, presumably, STILL has a gun...a girl RUNS up to him and says she's been shot. Okay, out of that scenario, don't you think that the mass of people and the potential for more injuries or death takes a PRIORITY over a girl RUNNING up to you? Just by looking, the officer can tell that if the girl can RUN, she's not as badly hurt as compared to the potential harm and devastation that a rogue killer can inflict! The girl's mother hasn't a chance of getting any money in court. Sorry mom....next time, keep your darling YOUNG daughter at home instead of running the streets at night with people you probably don't even know.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 07/11/12 - 05:16 am
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What is the issue

"First of all the child being at First Friday is not the issue"

No, the issue is the child being downtown 2 hours after First Friday has closed....and just what was a 14 year old doing on the streets downtown at 11:30pm after most eating facilities have closed and she is not old enough to enter a bar or club.

CABoatright
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CABoatright 07/11/12 - 06:07 am
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The usual....insist that
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The usual....insist that "somebody" mistreated you, blame "somebody" for parents not supervising their young thugs...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/11/12 - 06:30 am
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Here we go again...

Take legal action on the SHOOTERS

The police needed to clear the area from SHOOTERS....before more were hurt...

Blame the SHOOTERS.....geez...you see why the country is slip sliding away...

chascushman
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chascushman 07/11/12 - 06:59 am
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‘who have experienced the
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‘who have experienced the rude and disrespectful treatment from some of Richmond County cops.’
With what they have to put up with it is somewhat understandable

sassylassie
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sassylassie 07/11/12 - 07:31 am
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So your 14 year old was in

So your 14 year old was in downtown Augusta at 11:30 at night with another teenager, long after First Friday was over, hanging out and walking around. And you as the parent wants to sue a cop who was caught in the madness trying to take control? How about being a PARENT by not allowing your kid to be out in thd street that time of night? That's why these things are happening downtown that time of nIght. I have observed groups of kids, young teenagers, hanging out and walking around and there isn't anywhere for them to go down there, being their age. Where are their parents and why are they there?
And for all the crap those officers have to put up with down there, I'm sure their attitude may not always be sunshine and roses, but I'm sure that trying to find and detain a shooter was probably their first concern. I would imagine it was chaos.
Try being a parent and take responsibility for your kid and stop trying to find a free check to cover your tail.

sassylassie
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sassylassie 07/11/12 - 07:33 am
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Net marten, a child being out

Net marten, a child being out with their PARENTS at First Friday is one thing. A kid being out AFTER First Ftiday as these individuals were, at 11:30 at night, IS a problem.

Itsallnew11
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Itsallnew11 07/11/12 - 07:37 am
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The Real Issue...

is this 14 yo child being out at that time of night with other teenagers much to old for her to be out with and it was too late for her to be out anyway. The officers were securing the scene before rendering aid. That is the case and that should be the case. She had a superficial leg wound. Yes, she was scared and yes she was in pain but yes they needed to do their job and secure the scene. Maybe the mother should be charged for not supervising her minor child. Start taking RESPONSIBILITY instead of taking ADVANTAGE!

john
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john 07/11/12 - 07:51 am
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deputy

so he saw a girl with a leg wound and someone rendering first aid while he was assessing the chaos. I dont see a problem. I doubt ambulances will enter the area if its not secure. You have to have security first. Its not being rude, its being safe.

David Parker
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David Parker 07/11/12 - 08:11 am
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I wish we lived in a time and

I wish we lived in a time and place where it was safe for a 14 year old to walk around with friends at 11:30 pm. Alas, this is not 19th Century Walnut Grove.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 07/11/12 - 11:41 am
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No surprise here!!!!

I knew this was coming as soon as I read where she said that no one helped her. It's all about the mighty dollar. I am sure that is the first thing that entered their mind, we gonna sue and get some money out of this....I mean use your common sense here, things were almost like a war zone, maybe the officer did not hear her well, maybe it was to load, maybe she did not communicate with the officer well. I don't believe anyone intentionally ignored this girl, all the other ones who were shot got assistance so why would someone just ignore her? Also, she had no business out that late at her age, not saying she deserved to be shot but my 14 year old would not be out that late at night to start with and certainly not at First Friday. The mom claims she did not know her daughter was at First Friday, but it is her responsibility to know where her minor child is at all times, or ensure some other adult knows.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/11/12 - 08:26 am
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The Great First Friday Shootout Was Chaos

The Great First Friday Shootout with people shot everywhere on the street was so chaotic, I'd have been calling in airstrikes.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 07/11/12 - 08:36 am
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If I am on the jury she gets

If I am on the jury she gets nothing. Maybe a citation should be issued to the mother for being dumb. Wake up and keep your children at home where they belong and are safe late at night.

iLove
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iLove 07/11/12 - 08:42 am
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Yea, she should not have been
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Yea, it def. was too late for her to be down there.

Her statement should be looked into. Why such a nasty attitude fro. The cops? If he walked away, it must had not been so chaotic.

At the end of the day THOSE officers have to answer to their maker.

Officers in RC are known to be snappy and rude...not all but most, towards particular people.

Richard Roundtree for Sheriff...give the youth something to do!

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 07/11/12 - 09:08 am
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to quote the video version of
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to quote the video version of the board game "Life"....."IT'S PAYDAY BABY" time to head to cititends for that court outfit

tuttitat
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tuttitat 07/11/12 - 09:16 am
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I can't believe some of you!

One of the earlier articles on this situation stated that the girl was visiting her cousins for the weekend and that her mom thought she was going to dinner and a movie... not downtown. Cut the mother some slack. We all know that teenagers are a cocky bunch and figure that they can "get away" with stuff with no one being the wiser. Every one had the "cooler older cousin" that they liked to hang with... If anyone is being slammed for this it's the older cousin who took the child downtown after the event closed. As far as the mother looking for a payday, I don't know if I agree that the city should be sued, but I do know that if my child came up to an officer and asked for assistance, I really wouldn't care if world war three was breaking out... I'd expect the officer to assist.

boomhauer
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boomhauer 07/11/12 - 09:25 am
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You said it JRC2024!I also
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You said it JRC2024!

I also agree with most of the posts here except for netmarten who seems to think police officers are dumb, arrogant, and stupid. These people (male & female) put their lives on the line every single day to protect everybody including you, so my advice to you is...get a clue and get real!

netmarten
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netmarten 07/11/12 - 09:32 am
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SASSYLASSIE

I agree with you and everyone else who thinks the child should not have been out that late. The issue is as the title of this article clearly reads CRIME SCENE CHAOS BLAMED FOR VICTIM'S TREATMENT. Chaos is not a reason to be rude.

netmarten
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netmarten 07/11/12 - 09:44 am
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BOOMHAUER

I don't think that cops are dumb, arrogant, or stupid. My dad is a retired cop and he has experienced the rudeness of some of the Richmond County cops too. And for the record I never stated all of them are rude.

boomhauer
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boomhauer 07/11/12 - 10:03 am
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"They told me to get out of
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"They told me to get out of the road, she said." I'm sorry but that is not being rude, that's stating the obvious for her protection!

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 07/11/12 - 11:03 am
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"Chaos is not a reason to be

"Chaos is not a reason to be rude."...in times of extreme chaos...and I think having a gunman on the loose is pretty extreme...being polite is NOT a priority. Moving people out of harm's way is a priority.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 07/11/12 - 12:03 pm
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First Friday

Concerning the 14 year old having been shot and receiving help from a woman passing by - why do they keep on mentioning that the woman made her two children get out of the car???? No force in this world would make me get my children out of my car, in the middle of the night, in the middle of this chaos. Were the children put back into the car or did they have to walk home? (Tongue in cheek).

Patty-P
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Patty-P 07/11/12 - 12:18 pm
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The cop should've said, "Hold

The cop should've said, "Hold on little one, go and sit with your mom until I can get back to help you."

KSL
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KSL 07/11/12 - 01:48 pm
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Where was her cousin, who put

Where was her cousin, who put her in harm's way in the first place?

InChristLove
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InChristLove 07/11/12 - 12:37 pm
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The older cousin has been

The older cousin has been mentioned that's not much better. The older cousin was only 17 and should not have been on the streets at 11:30pm either! Where were her parents?

Both these young girls should have been home, sitting on the bed in their PJ's talking about boys.....not walking the streets of downtown Augusta at 11:30pm. Call me old fashion but if more parents were, we'd have a lost less problem with our kids.

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