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North Augusta gun shop owner kills suspected burglar, injures two others

Thursday, Aug 9, 2012 8:18 AM
Last updated Friday, Aug 10, 2012 10:47 PM
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NORTH AUGUSTA — One man is dead and two are recovering after being shot by a gun store owner during a burglary of his business Thursday morning.

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Aiken County sheriff's Sgt. Jason Feemster said three men drove into the side of the building shortly before 4 a.m. Thursday. The owner shot the three men, killing one.  ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
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Aiken County sheriff's Sgt. Jason Feemster said three men drove into the side of the building shortly before 4 a.m. Thursday. The owner shot the three men, killing one.

Stephen Bayazes Jr., 57, told officers that he and his wife were asleep in an apartment at the back of the business, Guns & Ammo Gunsmith, 522 Edgefield Road, shortly before 4 a.m. when he awoke after hearing a loud crash and the activation of a silent alarm.

Bayazes grabbed an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and found three men loading guns into a van that had crashed through the side wall of the store.

After hearing the men yell to kill him, Bayazes shot one 30-round magazine of .223-caliber bullets before retreating to his bedroom to reload, he later told officers.

As he left the room, Bayazes saw two men drive away in the van.

K’Raven Aude Goodwin, 20, of Eastover, S.C., was wounded and left behind at the gun
shop.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Goodwin died of gunshot wounds shortly after arriving at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

The two other suspects were found at Waffle House on Martintown Road, about three miles away. Investigators said the men, who had both been shot, stopped at the restaurant to seek help.

Eddie Stewart, 30, of Columbia, and Franklin Robinson, 27, of Gadsden, S.C., were taken to a hospital. Details on their injuries have not been released.

Aiken County sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Feemster said it appeared that all of the stolen merchandise was in the van.

Hours after the incident, a construction crew worked to repair the damaged wall. Parts of the ceiling and glass from display cases still littered the floor.

The store owner said it was not the first time the store has been a target.

In 2009, the store was burglarized.

Shortly afterward, Bayazes and his wife moved into an apartment in the back.

Bayazes was not injured.

Feemster said Bayazes was within his rights to use lethal force.

“If someone is breaking in your home or business, you have the right to defend yourself and not retreat,” the sergeant said.

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dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 08/09/12 - 08:19 am
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Two words

...WOO HOO!

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 08/09/12 - 08:20 am
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Well...

This should teach them not to mess with a fella who has lots of guns and ammo!

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 08/09/12 - 06:46 pm
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On a serious note

... this once again demonstrates we're pretty much on our own out here; if the police cannot respond to a gun store --which is well known to be such-- before the owner, well, that's pretty sorry. I also commend the owner for not waiting; although he's caused the taxpayers yet another huge hospital bill, a gunshot wound is a more salutary lesson on the consequences of crime than yet another trip through the "justice system" resulting in a stern warning and being placed on 'double secret probation.'

(This was posted before it was reported that he lived in the back of the shop.)

saywhatagain
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saywhatagain 08/09/12 - 08:32 am
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Note to self:

DON'T ATTEMPT TO ROB A GUN STORE. OWNER PROBABLY KNOWS HOW TO USE ONE.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 08/09/12 - 08:33 am
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Update

WRDW just reported that the coroner is on the scene.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 08/09/12 - 08:38 am
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@dstewartsr: "... this once

@dstewartsr: "... this once again demonstrates we're pretty much on our own out here; if the police cannot respond to a gun store --which is well known to be such-- before the owner, well, that's pretty sorry."

Your point is absolutely valid still, but in this case the owner actually lives behind the store. He didn't exactly "come to the scene" from a distance, as the story would imply. Also, the story leaves out the fact that they crashed their van into the store to get in (info that was readily available on other news sites), which set off the alarm. I'm sure all of that is quite noticeable when living attached to his business. Also, re: the hospital bill... More and more often authorities are waiting to arrest criminals until after they are released from the hospital to avoid footing the bill.

That being said, this is a perfect example of how LEGALLY armed, well-TRAINED citizens are a benefit to us ALL. One thug who will no longer be a burden to our system (the coroner was called, so not sure about all 3 being transported) and two more thugs off the street.

Frank I
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Frank I 08/09/12 - 08:41 am
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another news outlet confirms

another news outlet confirms 1 dead..

Bantana
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Bantana 08/09/12 - 08:49 am
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bdouglas writes:

"More and more often authorities are waiting to arrest criminals until after they are released from the hospital to avoid footing the bill."

yes, rather than the perp paying for the care, let the hospital eat what the city, county and federal governments won't cover.
and folks wonder why healthcare costs continue to rise.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/09/12 - 08:51 am
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They reaped what they sowed.

They reaped what they sowed.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/09/12 - 08:54 am
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Whoa!

I am sorry someone had to die because he and his "friends" thought it was a good idea to pull something so totally stupid. And I'm sorry for the pain he has brought to his family; no matter how much they did to prevent or encourage such stupidity, I'm sure they are sad.

I know God had something much different than this in mind when he put that little spark of eternal life in they mommies tummies.

curly123053
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curly123053 08/09/12 - 08:57 am
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Oh Well!!

Oh well, they got what they asked for! If the shop owner did not do what he did the ACSO would most likely be investigating his murder this morning!

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 08/09/12 - 09:02 am
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God help us!
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Im not one for guns, BUT DANG, how in the world do you think you can rob a gun store......REALLY????

You reap what you sow.

I hear that 2 are dead, one at Waffle House and one at the hospital.

Sad, sad, sad.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 08/09/12 - 09:05 am
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I am glad they went to a

I am glad they went to a business and not a private residence.. They were very close to many..

dichotomy
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dichotomy 08/09/12 - 09:08 am
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Chalk up 3 for the good guys.

Chalk up 3 for the good guys. That's what I call gun control.

twolane
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twolane 08/09/12 - 09:21 am
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get ready
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the shop owner is probably going to prison

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 08/09/12 - 09:23 am
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Hot lead

Guess they got some of what they went for...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/09/12 - 09:40 am
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This is Felony Murder

The other two should be charged with felony murder since one died.

Newsflash
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Newsflash 08/09/12 - 09:43 am
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The store owner was not injured......Amen !

"No law ever prevented a crime." "Make good scouts of yourselves, become good shots so that if it becomes necessary that you defend your families and your country that you can do it."
- Lord Baden-Powell, Scouting For Boys

David Parker
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David Parker 08/09/12 - 09:48 am
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We should have to bear arms

We should have to bear arms to protect ourselves from tyranny, not our neighbors. Sad state today.

blues550
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blues550 08/09/12 - 09:50 am
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Justice
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1 dead = less tax dollars spent. Just a darn shame the NA LEO's got pulled away from running radar.

blues550
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blues550 08/09/12 - 09:51 am
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Justice
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1 dead = less tax dollars spent. Just a darn shame the NA LEO's got pulled away from running radar.

PhiloPublius
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PhiloPublius 08/09/12 - 09:54 am
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They survived?

You'd think a gun store owner would be able to shoot better than that!

DawgnSC69
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DawgnSC69 08/09/12 - 10:12 am
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Good Job!

Great work but it sure would've better if all of them were taken to the coronor's office instead of the hospital.

ladybird
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ladybird 08/09/12 - 10:31 am
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Medical College of Georgia

Medical College of Georgia Hospital......love it! Not GHSU and not GRU!

HighSociety
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HighSociety 08/09/12 - 10:37 am
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These were most likely gang

These were most likely gang members trying to arm their troops. This man probably just prevented a few murders and a bunch of armed robberies by stopping these thugs.

Jeepster2001
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Jeepster2001 08/09/12 - 10:40 am
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Time to Take Back
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As I have said before, it is time we take back our homes, neighborhoods, and streets from the criminal scum that feels it is better to take, than to earn. Glad that it appears that two are now taking dirt naps. They made the choice. While none of us are out, wanting to kill someone, if someone breaks into my home or business, I'm going to defend to the end. I'm legal, and I'm armed.

Doug Duncan
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Doug Duncan 08/09/12 - 10:53 am
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Thank God for 2nd Ammendment Rights!

Pray for Mr. Bayozes. Very thankful he is safe! He is the victim! He should not have been forced to defend his property. Praise God he has the right! We must protect that right!

cheapster505
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cheapster505 08/09/12 - 11:39 am
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what you lookin for?

Guess K"Raven got what he was craven for!

Common.sense
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Common.sense 08/09/12 - 12:23 pm
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Smart move not talking to the

Smart move not talking to the press.

dwb619
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dwb619 08/09/12 - 12:31 pm
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Belvedere

This is "gun control".

Typical thugs, brought their buddy from Eastover,then ran off and left him laying on ground to die in Belvedere.

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