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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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dwb619
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dwb619 08/09/12 - 09:03 pm
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street sweeper

The two survivors should be thankful the store-owner "only had" an AR-15.
I know of a few StreetSweepers in businesses nearby.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/09/12 - 09:19 pm
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burninater

Please read my 8:04.....SWAT, Military and Law Enforcement are the ones that can legally have Assault Weapons....

The AR-15 can be modified but you would be extremely illegal to own one. The average American Citizen can not own an "Assault Weapon"

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 08/09/12 - 09:43 pm
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Blame the victim

... it's the liberal thing to do: "...these three criminals would have driven off with a trunkful of guns and ammunition..." Yeah, it's the gun owner's fault; he should have known criminal scum would smash through a brick wall with a truck. What was he thinking? Well, he is an evil man, a business owner, what could be expected?

Next, some wet-pantsed leftie will tell us how once 'liberated,' the guns themselves would have gone on a rampage through the community, killing at will.

KSL
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KSL 08/09/12 - 09:59 pm
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Any one who owns a gun and

Any one who owns a gun and who is assaulted should use it. That is the only way to stop lawlessness even the so -called Wild West didn't know.

KSL
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KSL 08/09/12 - 10:02 pm
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I have a suggestion for the

I have a suggestion for the Obam. Take the guns away from the Secret Servive. Finally start leading by example.

KSL
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KSL 08/09/12 - 10:06 pm
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Wonder if I just got put on a

Wonder if I just got put on a watch list for that comment. I bet I did. I bet some worshiper is forwarding my comment to his fully known about website.

myfather15
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myfather15 08/09/12 - 10:29 pm
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@Palmetto

What is exactly are you trying to say by pointing out it was a burglary and not a robbery?? I'm not sure I'm getting what your trying to say.

Also, a burglary is when someone enters or remains within a building, dwelling, or other property without the owners consent and with the intentions of committing a theft or felony therein. Being that this person was PRESENT, it turned into a robbery. This article doesn't say whether they were armed, if so it would be armed robbery. If they weren't armed and would have been successful in there endeavers to steal from there, it would have probably been a strong arm robbery. Since the owner was PRESENT, they would had to have DONE something with him to complete their attempted burglary. Which would probably end up being kidnapping, false inprisonment, or murder. Even if they didn't harm him and just tied him up, it would still have turned into Robbery when the owner was present.

burninater
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burninater 08/09/12 - 10:37 pm
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Blame the victim ... it's the

Blame the victim
... it's the liberal thing to do: "...these three criminals would have driven off with a trunkful of guns and ammunition..." Yeah, it's the gun owner's fault; he should have known criminal scum would smash through a brick wall with a truck. What was he thinking? Well, he is an evil man, a business owner, what could be expected?
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dstewart, where did I blame the store owner? Where did I say businessmen were evil? People have a hard enough time communicating nowadays -- trying to put words in other people's mouths helps nothing.

myfather15
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myfather15 08/09/12 - 10:45 pm
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@Burninator

I'm sure there are some people who would agree with your comment. I know what your trying to say, that we need to stop producing weapons like this. I don't agree with you but you put it in a very respectful way and I understand your point.

On the other hand, I'm sure there are many families who have lost loved ones to drunken driver's that would say "If only they hadn't sold that bottle of liqour to him/her." Or "If only that liquor store hadn't had liquor in their store, he wouldn't have broken into that store and stole that liquor. Then he wouldn't have been driving drunk."

What about those families who might say "If only (insert any vehicle manufacturer here) hadn't made that car able to go so fast, my (insert loved one here) would still be alive.

What about those who would say "If (insert fast food restaurant here) hadn't made such fatty food, my dad wouldn't have had that heart attack and would still be here with us."

My point is, we don't need more federal government or any other regulations. We are loaded down with so much regulations already, I don't see how we do anything now days. People die doing NUMEROUS leisure activities daily in this Country. Swimming, skydiving, boating, zip lining, bungie cording, and the list can go on.

We don't need more regulation, we need people to be decent responsible human beings. People who care as much about others as they do themselves. We will have it ONE DAY!! But not today.

myfather15
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myfather15 08/09/12 - 10:51 pm
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Just an example of what I'm

Just an example of what I'm saying; I grew up in the mountains and where I lived at we had a large waterfall that was over 100 feet high. It seemed every year there were a couple deaths of people jumping off the falls. It was usually a group of college kids who didn't live there and didn't know the falls the way the locals did. They would come down and think it was "cool" to jump off the falls. Rarely ever did you see a local person being killed there.

The falls was located in the Pisgah National Forest. Every year we would hear they were going to close access to the falls because of deaths. Luckily, it never happened and to this day it is still open. But from time to time you still hear of people getting killed there. They could have closed the falls to prevent ANY deaths, or people could have stopped taking stupid risks and putting THEMSELVES in jeopardy. Do you think the falls should have been closed to everyone??

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 08/09/12 - 10:52 pm
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Myfather...you can continue
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Myfather...you can continue to make up your definitions of the difference between burglary and robbery OR You could go to law school and learn the difference or look it up, maybe through wikipedia, or even look at the title of he article and you should come to the same conclusion.

burninater
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burninater 08/09/12 - 10:55 pm
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I appreciate the comment

I appreciate the comment myfather, and I fully understand your point, and I fully agree with it. I didn't say we should stop producing weapons like this. I said maybe we should consider addressing their proliferation. The two things are exceedingly different. What I'm proposing is some way to decrease the availability of firearms and ammunition to criminals. One simple way is to simply have less of them in circulation. Allow law-abiding citizens a sufficiency of firepower for the purposes of self-defense, but curb the tendency to allow an overabundance. Another measure would be to make gun stores more secure, so that three crooks in a car can't almost make off with an arsenal. In recent days various individuals have been making the case that Switzerland is an excellent example of a country with high gun ownership and low gun violence. What has been left out of this comparison is that in Switzerland the numbers of guns per household, the distribution of those weapons, and the availability of ammunition, is extremely regulated. There is nothing wrong with gun ownership. But it is becoming more and more clear that a large proliferation of guns in the US has made it exceptionally difficult to keep those guns out of the hands of criminals.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 08/09/12 - 11:08 pm
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Great news...

Another citizen defends his life and property using a firearm. Glad he had an "assault" style AR15 with a high capacity 30rd magazine. I only wish he had used a 100rd drum magazine and then he would not have had to reload, he would have just poured hot lead down on those savages for three times as long. Thank God the citizen was not harmed.

myfather15
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myfather15 08/10/12 - 01:29 am
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@Burninator

I understand your point and its a very good one, very well articulated. I just don't see how you do it without more federal regulation and that scares the crap out of me because I DON'T trust politicians. They don't seem to have the common sense God gave a dog. I honestly would trust them to regulate a dog kennel.

Also, I just don't know how they would secure their stores any more than they do, besides being forced to provide armed security 24 hours a day. Criminals are very intuitive, believe it or not. Seems every time good citizens take measures to secure their belongings, criminals some how find a way to steal them. I just worked a case the other day where a 1200 pound safe was taken from a house, while the resident was on vacation. 3 men went into this house and took the entire safe, took it to another location and actually used a blow torch to cut it open. They then took the guns and valubles out, then took the safe and dumped into a local pond. They were caught, but only because an informant call us and told us which pond they were about to drop the safe at. We set up and caught them in the act of dumping it.

My point is, no matter how many measures you take to secure your belongings or store, criminals will find a way around it if they decide to target a certain location, they PLAN for it. You can put bars, gates, electrical fences, alarms, dogs, or anything else. Given enough time, criminals will just plan around all of them. I worked a burglary where the store owner had numerous prior burglaries. He got so sick of it he paid 15k to have steel bars installed by a professional company. Didn't work, they just tied a chain to the bars and pulled the wall completely out the next time.

As I've said, the only way to have this stuff not happen, is to have NO ONE EXIST that would do such things. God has promised that we WILL have this life one day and WE SHALL!! Unfortunately, it will cost many people their very existence, because they will not change of their own free will.

myfather15
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myfather15 08/10/12 - 01:40 am
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@palmetto

Please don't trust the MEDIA to determine the official charge of the crime committed. Most people (including media) have no actual knowledge of the difference between burglary and robbery. You don't have to wikipedia the definition, just look up the O.C.G.A definition, if you don't believe me. Now, I realize you probably live in SC, hence the name (palmetto), and this crime occured in SC as well. But I (being a Georgia Deputy Sheriff) was referring to the Georgia definitions of Burglary and Robbery. It very well could be different in SC, as I wouldn't know their exact definitions. So I didn't "make up" anything. Look it up yourself before making such allegations. I was actually going off memory when I said the defintion of burglary, but I promise you, its very very close to the actual wording. 15 years of enforcing the law, I've developed a pretty good understanding, but no one is perfect.

myfather15
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myfather15 08/10/12 - 01:42 am
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myfather15
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myfather15 08/10/12 - 01:52 am
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and heres the armed robbery

and heres the armed robbery code section;

http://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-16/chapter-8/article-2/16...

Palmetto; If you will notice the difference, burglary never mentions the person being PRESENT, but only the dwelling of another or property. Robbery specifically mentions taking the property FROM A PERSON, quote; "he or she takes property of another FROM THE PERSON or the IMMEDIATE PRESENCE OF ANOTHER by use of an offensive weapon,"

Now, unless I'm mistaken, in my earlier posts, I mentioned that the OWNER BEING PRESENT, would make it a robbery, not burglary.

So, maybe this will clear things up for you to understand I DON'T need a law degree, just a little common sense and EXPERIENCE. But, I'm sure you will ignore this just as you have many other posts I've proven you wrong about. Ignore what you can't refute, right??

WyattEarp Earp
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WyattEarp Earp 08/10/12 - 04:02 am
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Thanks Bayazes

I've owned my business alittle over 31yrs. That's one less I'll have to worry about. May the force ( God ) be with you....!!! May God Bless us all, Mercy..

dwb619
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dwb619 08/10/12 - 05:25 am
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hot lead

"poured hot lead down on those savages for three times as long".
I like that, it just seems to roll off ones tongue with absolutely no effort.

WyattEarp Earp
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WyattEarp Earp 08/10/12 - 05:29 am
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Pisgah National Forest

Myfather15, I'm starting to wonder if we're from the same neck of the woods. I grew up at the foot of Grandfather Mountain in a very little town called Edgemount N.C. Left there my senior year 1978. Had to come out of there to make a living. Love to go back home, what a beautiful place to live.

TruckChix
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TruckChix 08/10/12 - 05:43 am
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Atta Boy Bayazes!!!!

Nice shootin!!! Thank heavens the stolen guns were returned & accounted for!!!

TruckChix
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TruckChix 08/10/12 - 05:55 am
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Best Bumper Sticker....

If you outlaw guns.... only outlaws will have guns!!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/10/12 - 06:38 am
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To myfather & Earp

I have found that mountain folks are some of the best folks in the whole USA!....Love them!

JRC2024
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JRC2024 08/10/12 - 08:58 am
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If you have tears for the one

If you have tears for the one that was killed, don't. He would have killed the owner. Good that he is gone. I think I will go buy a shotgun today to add to my shotgun pistol.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/10/12 - 09:20 am
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I think a good start would be

I think a good start would be to pass one more federal law. I'm usually against more gun laws, favoring enforcement of the ones on the books; but a federal law would umbrella all of the states.

What I would have is making it a federal crime to use a gun in a criminal manner, which would carry a separate charge and prosecution from the associated state criminal charge. Put some heft into punishment, and I think at least it would take some people off the street and just maybe give others pause for thought before putting a gun in their pocket.

At any rate, directly controlling guns is not the answer; it is controlling the criminal who sells, buys, and uses guns.

Granddaddy John
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Granddaddy John 08/10/12 - 10:31 am
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GUN CONTROL,ONE WELL PLACED
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GUN CONTROL,ONE WELL PLACED SHOT

myfather15
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myfather15 08/10/12 - 01:10 pm
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@Wyatt

Well sir, I do believe we are from the same area. I grew up in Elk Park, NC and the falls I was refering to was of course, Elk Falls. Use to go to the Highland Games on Grandfather mountain every year. They just has them a couple weeks ago, wish I could have been there. Yes, I miss Avery County and the mountains a lot. Gonna try to get up there this fall to see the leaves change color. Wyatt, have you ever heard the term "Chickentown"? Ever heard of Omar, Darryl or David Clark? Were very good friends of ours. More so of my brother but I knew them pretty well. Ever heard of insurance cliff? Where the bus and bunch of cars were at the bottom? Yeah, Im very familiar with Edgemount.

xtremeoutdoorsmen
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xtremeoutdoorsmen 08/10/12 - 01:27 pm
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If the story of the thief in
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If the story of the thief in this article would have ended the same way as it ended for the thieves in today's story; there would not have been a today's story----http://www.edgefielddaily.com/b092006.html
If the link does not work; google the name Stephen Bayazes and the first story will go to show you that he is no different then the ones he shot! I could say so much more about this mans character and back it with much proof! He is no hero! Just another crook shooting another crook!

xtremeoutdoorsmen
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xtremeoutdoorsmen 08/10/12 - 01:54 pm
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I have a business in North
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I have a business in North Augusta and I had a theif drive onto this business and begin taking property from this business while his wife sat in the truck. When we caught this theif we did not shoot him although he was held at gunpoint till officers arrived and the arrest was made! What is the point and the irony in this story! The theif and his wife are the ones that were sleeping inside his gunstore and the one that was quick to shoot the crooks that are no different then him! Mr Stephen Bayezes!

Discussionstarter
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Discussionstarter 08/10/12 - 02:45 pm
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I wish...

I wish he had taken down all three!

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