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Man arrested in late-night Broad Street shooting

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A man is in jail after police say he shot into the air on Broad Street early Saturday, less than a week from August’s First Friday.

Jonathan Velazquez, 31, was arrested in the shooting on Broad Street.  SPECIAL
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Jonathan Velazquez, 31, was arrested in the shooting on Broad Street.

At 2:30 a.m., a Richmond County deputy working a special duty in the 800 block of Broad Street heard gunshots coming from outside Joe’s Under­ground Cafe at 144 Eighth Street, an incident report said.

The deputy and another officer approached the area and saw people scattering. One officer saw Jonathan Velazquez, 31, firing into the air, the report said.

The deputies told Valazquez to drop the weapon, but he ran behind a car, where he was apprehended. Deputies found a handgun and three 9 mm casings near him. A check of the gun revealed it was stolen, then officers learned Velazquez was a convicted felon out of Florida, the report said.

No one was hurt in the shooting. Velazquez was arrested on charges of reckless conduct and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to jail records.

August’s First Friday will be the first since six people were wounded by bullets shortly after this month’s event was supposed to be over.

On Wednesday, a panel assembled by City Adminis­trator Fred Russell decided to enforce a ban on illegal street vendors in hopes of eliminating the late-night attraction for young people.

Sweeps of illegal vendors will be made by Augusta’s licensing department, and at 9:30 p.m. the sheriff’s office will encourage closure. Russell said Wednesday that vendors’ street presence should be gone by 10 p.m.

Yolanda Greenwood, the city’s special events manager, has said First Friday festivities will continue Aug. 3 with a family-friendly event on Augusta Common and a concert at Jessye Norman Amphitheater.

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Insider Information
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Insider Information 07/28/12 - 09:59 pm
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Pay no attention to the man

Pay no attention to the man with the gun. It's all media hype.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 07/28/12 - 10:17 pm
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Silly me...

Convicted felon with a stolen handgun, standing in the street, firing - and to prevent violence, the police are targeting illegal vending. Why didn't I think of that?

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 07/28/12 - 10:31 pm
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Gun bans

I guess this is another reason that we need to ban guns? What's that you say? This guy wasn't even supposed to have a gun? Hey, leftists..criminals don't obey laws in the first place!

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 07/28/12 - 10:42 pm
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Handwriting On The Wall

Maybe we, "True American Citizens" will start reading it.......

rebellious
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rebellious 07/28/12 - 10:47 pm
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This is clearly the media's fault

I blame the media. The statistics show that downtown is safe.

If a gun is fired downtown, and there is no media around to hear it, does it make a sound.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/28/12 - 11:04 pm
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KUDOS...

to the two deputies who apprehended this desperado.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/28/12 - 11:12 pm
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Shooting on Broad Street is

Shooting on Broad Street is illegal?

KSL
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KSL 07/29/12 - 12:24 am
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that there were policemen in

that there were policemen in the area to arrest him is a good thing.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 07/29/12 - 12:41 am
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Police presence makes a difference

That is a good point isn't it KSL? Seems that when there are officers around they may not PREVENT this from happening but the will at least be within ear shot and be able to react.

Rebellious, your media comment is too funny.

RM1, yours was funny too.

Armed private security working in conjunction with LEOs is the way forward. Good thing the DDA did that trolley study huh?

myfather15
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myfather15 07/29/12 - 06:08 am
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Convicted felon???

Convicted felong in possession of a firearm? How is this possible when its illegal for him to have the gun? OMG!! We must pass more regulation!! I know, lets make it a double felony for him to possess a firearm, that should do it. Lets also make it illegal for someone to sell him the firearm, wait we already do that. Oh, my bad; He didn't buy it, he stole it. Isn't there a law somewhere against stealing? MORE REGULATION IS NEEDED!!!! We've got to pass more regulation on citizens to prevent this from ever happening again!!!

carcraft
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carcraft 07/29/12 - 06:22 am
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The only positive in this is

The only positive in this is that he did not have an assult weapon clip in it, that would have made the bullets doubly dangerous, a bayonet lug wudl have made the bullets triply dangerious, a forearm perforated grip would have made the bullets quadrooply dangerios, yes lets ban all that so the bullets only hurt a little when you get shot!

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 07/29/12 - 06:28 am
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myfather15

You forgot one. Make a regulation against all law abiding American Citizens to own a firearm, that way nobody could steal one.

Wait, that won't work unless we disarm Mexico and completely remove all the guns they have too. Poor King SMNCICBHO wouldn't let that happen, he couldn't send his supportive people guns,,,,Darn what can we do!!!!!.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/29/12 - 07:56 am
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Media

That dang media needs to stop this shooting..

Insider Information
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Insider Information 07/29/12 - 10:27 am
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Hurry up, Margaret

Where is that press release that Margaret Woodard promised us?

As soon as she shows the world the "truth," we will all feel safer because the media dreamed up this shooting. It didn't really happen. The media are so powerful they convinced us it did.

By the way, if any reporters are looking for stories, please write that I won the lottery. Use your power for good, not evil, so I can be convinced I'm rich.

r
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r 07/29/12 - 10:44 am
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Make up your own mind...

The police will do as much as they can to protect you. It is up to you to use your judgement on going to Broad Street to hang out. Two shootings in under a month you choose what you feel is safe. Who would have ever thought going to a midnight movie would me a death trap, but it was. We make choice every day of where we decide to travel to and the only who can protect us is God.

KSL
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KSL 07/29/12 - 11:01 am
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You can't let criminal

You can't let criminal elements have the streets at certain times of the day. Yes wisdom is important. 10:30 is a bit early for having to give up the streets.

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 07/29/12 - 11:01 am
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Bars and guns don't mix.
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Bars and guns don't mix.

KSL
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KSL 07/29/12 - 11:02 am
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Punks and guns don't mix.

Punks and guns don't mix.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/29/12 - 11:08 am
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Gosh remember when people

Gosh remember when people celibrated the vigilante Charles Bronson in the Death Wish series of movies. Today these movies would probably be banned and found offensive after the Zimmerman-Martin drama. Strange how things have changed.

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 07/29/12 - 11:31 am
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Butterflies
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Is society the same? Did we have as much technology and media as we have now?

Aren't things supposed to change and evolve, evolve into good or bad.

KSL
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KSL 07/29/12 - 12:08 pm
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It seems we are devolving.

It seems we are devolving.

KSL
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KSL 07/29/12 - 12:10 pm
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Or some of us are producing

Or some of us are producing those who are.

gcap
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gcap 07/29/12 - 02:28 pm
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I'll stay in CC unless...

...someone could give me a good reason to move downtown in one of those nice condos? I guess I'll stay put. Maybe remodel since I'll be here for a long time.

HighSociety
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HighSociety 07/29/12 - 02:52 pm
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Maybe we should pay to assign

Maybe we should pay to assign one deputy to each person who is on Broad Street. Maybe they can put a rent-a-cop booth up. A deputy within hearing range? Really? There were probably people on the next block that didnt hear the shots. Some on here are completely out of touch with reality. Stop blaming everyone, but the responsible party.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 07/29/12 - 03:11 pm
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Bring on First Friday!

I've spent the entire weekend making a full body suit made of nothing but DDA press releases.

It's guaranteed to be bullet proof!

Superman had kryptonite and bad guys downtown have DDA stats.

r
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r 07/29/12 - 03:22 pm
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Chances

If you choose to be in the Broad Street area after 10 at night on a weekend night with or without first Friday. I would think your chances are larger of getting hit by a drunk driver than a gun carrying person. So really if you are a person who likes the area go use caution and enjoy yourself.

KSL
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KSL 07/29/12 - 03:57 pm
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There were many Friday or

There were many Friday or Saturday nights in the 90's my husband and I would drive to Augusta, have a drink at one of the establishments on Reynolds and walk the Riverwalk. We felt as safe as we do on Laurens St. always in Aiken. The grounds were beautiful. There were families with young children walking. It was wonderful. Then things changed.

KSL
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KSL 07/29/12 - 04:01 pm
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r, on the Riverwalk???

r, on the Riverwalk??? Oh yes, you said on Broad St. Can you please point to the pedestrians who have been hit by drunk drivers on Broad St recently.

lsmith
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lsmith 07/29/12 - 04:00 pm
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Convict from Florida? I
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Convict from Florida? I wonder if they checked his papers?

KSL
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KSL 07/29/12 - 04:02 pm
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Hit by drunk drivers, not by

Hit by drunk drivers, not by drunks.

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