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

Thursday, Aug 9, 2012 8:18 AM
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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
ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
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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rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 08/09/12 - 12:33 pm
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One outta
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three ain't bad.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 08/09/12 - 01:01 pm
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What's in a name?
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K'Raven.....??

What a side-splitter.

Georgialina
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Georgialina 08/09/12 - 01:28 pm
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One for the good guy

Just how stupid do you have to be to rob a store called Guns and Ammo? Did you stop to think that someone may be armed there? DUH! I am at my store several nights a week and am ALWAYS armed and I'm not even a gun store! I pray Mr Boyozes will be able to get past what he HAD to do. I know if I was in his shoes, I would sleep like a baby tonight confident that I had done the right thing. The only thing I see wrong with the story is that three families are not getting together for a "reunion" instead of just one. I wish you well Mr Boyozes.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 08/09/12 - 01:45 pm
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Horrific

What a horrific thing to have to go through! That poor man waking up to that crash and then having to shoot someone that threatened him. What is possessing these young people to do such stupid, evil things? God help us all if this trend of people violently taking what belongs to others continues.

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 08/09/12 - 01:51 pm
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As a gun store owner, he has

As a gun store owner, he has a huge responsibility to the public by keeping his guns out of criminals hands. He did the right thing. He should receive some kind of award.

SPARKSTER83
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SPARKSTER83 08/09/12 - 01:52 pm
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YOU COME IN MY BUSINESS TO
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YOU COME IN MY BUSINESS TO STEAL FROM ME YOU CAN BET I WILL SHOOT FIRST ASK QUESTIONS LATER.KUDOS TO THIS SHOP OWNER SAME GOES FOR OUR HOMES DOES ANYONE REALLY FEEL REAL SAFE AT HOME ANYMORE????SAD SAD SAD WORLD WE LIVE IN.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/09/12 - 02:21 pm
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Listen Up Richmond county

This is what you will have to do folks....stop pussyfooting around withem....this man probably SAVED many by shooting .....taking them off the streets...
Thank you SIR..

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 08/09/12 - 03:22 pm
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My respects

...and sympathies go out to Mr. Bayozes. I am supremely elated he was not harmed in this incident. But, as someone who has taken lives, I pray he finds some counseling. No civilized man walks away from homicide unmarked for life.

Shellman
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Shellman 08/09/12 - 03:23 pm
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How stupid do you have to be...
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to try and rob a gun store?

HighSociety
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HighSociety 08/09/12 - 03:30 pm
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Has the type of weapon used

Has the type of weapon used by the business owner been released? Being the owner of a gun business I'm sure he had some nice firing power.

PaPa-Casey
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PaPa-Casey 08/09/12 - 03:50 pm
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WHAT !! Nobody is outraged ?

You want to show Steve your support; stop by his shop and help out the family when you purchase your next firearm.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 08/09/12 - 04:11 pm
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fire power

Just updated that he used an AR-15 and emptied a 30 round clip, no wonder they took off. Bet their baggy britches were soiled too.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/09/12 - 05:05 pm
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Mr. Bayazes

Met Mr. Bayazes one time when looking for another AK-47. We conversed for over an hour and found him very Patriotic and civilized. I doubt very much that he is going to need counseling. The only flaw in his action that I can see, is he failed to have 2 - 30 round magazines taped together.

john
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john 08/09/12 - 04:53 pm
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Murphys Laws of Combat

When in doubt, empty the magazine!

mjk52
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mjk52 08/09/12 - 05:13 pm
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W.T.G. Mr Bayazes

Not only did he properly protect himself, his wife, and his property, He also kept a whole bunch of guns off the street, in the hands of potntially dangerous people. BUT, empty a 30 round clip and need to reload, only getting 1 down? Practice more, practice.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 08/09/12 - 05:08 pm
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"Has the type of weapon

...used by the business owner been released?"

Yes, and it is clearly --as defined by the left wingnuts-- one, "... having no use in legitimate self-defense." If anyone truly needs such an assault weapon they should join a Mexican drug cartel and have one given to them by Eric Holder.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/09/12 - 05:17 pm
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mjk52

I hate to ask you this, but do you think you could have done better under the influence of an adrenaline rush and in the dark too?

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 08/09/12 - 06:20 pm
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Oh, my. The ironies embedded
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Oh, my. The ironies embedded in the Bible Belt!

smbga
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smbga 08/09/12 - 06:35 pm
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skum bags

so glad one of them is dead. now,....the other two are still breathing. I stand with the gun shop owner.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 08/09/12 - 06:44 pm
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"I doubt very much

...that he is going to need counseling." I vehemently disagree, CG. I do volunteer counseling, mostly GWOT, GW-1 and a few VietNam veterans, and the common thread in all is normal men do not take the taking of life easily. Regardless of how justified, it's a life-altering experience. I first killed another man on the DMZ in 1964, an infiltrator, and can remember every detail as vividly as yesterday, despite so many more followed in three and half tours in the RVN.

It's the strong, silent type in deep denial that ends up eating his gun.

oldfella
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oldfella 08/09/12 - 06:59 pm
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"What is possessing these

"What is possessing these young people to do such stupid, evil things? God help us all if this trend of people violently taking what belongs to others continues" Sorry, but I hope this trend continues! It obviously ended well, with these three mentally deficient dead-enders getting what they deserve, and the store owner/public staying safe. If we had more idiots like these...we'd have LESS idiots like these!

BTW the article did state what weapon the owner used - an AR15/M16 or some equivalent that fires .223 rounds - basically a military "assault" weapon if you will. Feel free to wet yourselves, gun haters. But this is a textbook example of the average armed citizen taking care of business and ridding the world of three more oxygen thieves. Well played!

jmo
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jmo 08/09/12 - 07:23 pm
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If you don't have one

If you don't have a gun, buy one and learn how to use it. The way things are looking you could need it any day in your own home.

useful
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useful 08/09/12 - 07:25 pm
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Two will not rob anyone for a

Two will not rob anyone for a long time.one will never rob again.

useful
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useful 08/09/12 - 07:31 pm
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To would be robbers

there has to be a safer way to make a living.try working it has worked for me

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 08/09/12 - 08:04 pm
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It was a burglary and they
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It was a burglary and they were burglars...Mr. Bayazes was burglarized or burgled. Not robbery.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/09/12 - 08:04 pm
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Clarifying A Small Point For Posting Purpose

The AR-15 is a semiautomatic rifle (not an assault weapon).

The M-16 is a fully automatic assault weapon.

burninater
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burninater 08/09/12 - 08:04 pm
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Feel free to wet yourselves,

Feel free to wet yourselves, gun haters. But this is a textbook example of the average armed citizen taking care of business and ridding the world of three more oxygen thieves.
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The gun control debate is broader than whether or not citizens should have guns to defend themselves. Personally, I see nothing wrong with that. But I do see something wrong with the fact that if the store owner had not been on site, these three criminals would have driven off with a trunkful of guns and ammunition.

Clearly, purchase restrictions would do nothing about a situation like this. But perhaps attention to the issue of proliferation would.

I am glad that the store owner survived this experience with life and limb intact, and clearly this is a result of his presence of mind and his firearm. But it is still troubling that if this situation ended differently, three violent criminals would have procured their own private arsenal.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 08/09/12 - 08:13 pm
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The AR-15 is a semiautomatic rifle

... (not an assault weapon). CG, assault weapon is a term of art by the left for any weapon they don't like and think should be banned. Sorta like liberals use 'hater' or 'racist' to describe any not like-minded person.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/09/12 - 08:40 pm
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burninater

"these three criminals would have driven off with a trunkful of guns and ammunition." (Point agreed)

but
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Our liberal King SMNCICBHO authorized truckloads of ("Assault Weapons") to be given to the Mexican Drug Lords who used them to kill some of our American Citizens. So in his one cell brain, it is legal for Mexicans to have Assault Weapons but us Law Abiding American can't. Really makes sense, Right?

burninater
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burninater 08/09/12 - 08:53 pm
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CG, as far as I know law

CG, as far as I know law abiding citizens still can have assault rifles. Correct me if I'm mistaken on that. But it still doesn't address the troubling issue of proliferation. I don't have any concrete suggestions on rational ways to address it, but it seems like something we may not want to keep ignoring.

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