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Police say shootings are gang-related

Friday, July 26, 2013 6:05 PM
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Police say three recent shootings, including the July 18 incident that left one man dead and another hospitalized, were gang-related.

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Dijon Cortez Abbott, 17, of the 4200 block of James Drive, was arrested in connection with a shooting at a party in the 3300 block of Thames Place. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office says he is affiliated with a local street gang known as the Get Money Rock Boys.
Dijon Cortez Abbott, 17, of the 4200 block of James Drive, was arrested in connection with a shooting at a party in the 3300 block of Thames Place. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office says he is affiliated with a local street gang known as the Get Money Rock Boys.

Suspects in each of the three incidents are affiliated with a local street gang known as the Get Money Rock Boys, formerly known as the Georgia Deadly Boys, said a statement from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. Police say the incidents are believed to be the result of an ongoing feud with Six Hundred, a rival gang originating from East Boundary.

On June 29, deputies were dispatched to the 3300 block of Thames Place to investigate reports that shots had been fired at a party. Deputies tried to enter the home, but the homeowner, Demonia Jones, 39, told the officers they needed a warrant.

Jones was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge. The party-goers were told to leave the house.

Investigators later learned that the incident was partially captured on a home video surveillance system, the statement said. Investigators observed several black men walk past the camera in a single-file line. When the men returned, several were seen shooting firearms. Deputies returned the next morning and found that a vehicle on Thames Place had been struck by gunfire.

LeDarius Donnell Montgomery, 17; LaGrandes Orlando Montgomery, 19; and Jerome Marquise Smith, 19, have been charged with reckless conduct and unlawful street gang activity in connection with the incident.

Dijon Cortez Abbott, 17, who faces charges of murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and two charges of aggravated assault, was identified as a suspect in the July 18 incident. He now faces additional charges of reckless conduct and unlawful street gang activity in connection with the June 29 incident, Lt. Calvin Chew said.

Abbott was arrested less than 24 hours after the July 18 shooting in the 2500 block of East Kensington Drive, where Marquez Eubanks, 19, and Jeremy Whitehead, 21, were found with gunshot wounds. Eubanks later died at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

Both gangs were present at the incident, the statement said.

Jordan Jamal Lovett, 18, and Michael DiQuez Scott, 18, also were arrested in connection with the June 29 incident. Both face additional charges stemming from a July 21 shooting.

About 2:48 a.m. on July 21, deputies were dispatched to the 3600 block of Brussels Street in reference to a drive-by shooting. Police say that Lovett and Scott, who were driving a Chevrolet Impala, drove past the residence and fired from the car. A member of the Six Hundred gang was believed to be inside, the statement said.

Lovett and Scott were charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

On Tuesday, Nicholas Lockhart, 17, and Marquise Deion Lewis, 17, also were booked into the Richmond County jail on charges of reckless conduct and unlawful street gang activity in connection with the June 29 incident, booking records show.

Chew said the sheriff’s office is still investigating the July 18 and July 21 incidents.

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KSL
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KSL 07/26/13 - 09:12 pm
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Sounds like these wannabe

Sounds like these wannabe tough guys need to be taught a real lesson by our justice system.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/26/13 - 09:26 pm
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Follow-up

I am glad that cub reporter Travis Highfield has followed up on the story of the June 29 shooting incident at Demonia Jones’ residence. And I hope the story will continue to be followed and be reported on, with a clearly-identified timeline and a photomap of the involved gangsters.

triscuit
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triscuit 07/26/13 - 09:40 pm
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Gang related?

Gee, ya think? Most of these kids are doomed the day their mothers name them .

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 07/26/13 - 10:11 pm
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Caption on the picture..

"The Richmond County Sheriff's Office says he is affiliated with affiliated with a local street gang known as the Get Money Rock Boys."

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 07/26/13 - 10:23 pm
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So young..

LeDarius Donnell Montgomery, 17; LaGrandes Orlando Montgomery, 19; Jerome Marquise Smith, 19, Dijon Cortez Abbott, 17, Marquez Eubanks, 19, Jeremy Whitehead, 21, Jordan Jamal Lovett, 18, Michael DiQuez Scott, 18, Nicholas Lockhart, 17, and Marquise Deion Lewis, 17.

KSL
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KSL 07/26/13 - 10:24 pm
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triscuit

I think it occurs 9 months, give or take, earlier.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 07/26/13 - 10:54 pm
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The justice system can't deal

The justice system can't deal with and is overwhelmed with thugs and gang lifestyle. Half of the ones charged are juveniles so if convicted they'll just get to hang out with peers for a little while . Until we are ready to shun the culture that's all about the Benjamin's and words trump actions we're just digging the hole deeper .A good honest hard working man or woman just can't get no love in todays culture, how to treat others with respect and kindness is out of vogue and looked upon as a weakness. It don't matter if you call them Motorcycle gang Skinheads, Kings, or Get Money Rock Boys the game is the same. Adult Gangs or Youth gangs do not respect societies laws and breaking them is a badge of honor. Has long as Thug culture is glorified instead of shunned the body count will rise .

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/26/13 - 11:06 pm
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Great Mug Shots

But, I'm thinking about the mothers. Would discipline, church, and family pressure have helped?

myfather15
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myfather15 07/27/13 - 01:26 am
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Little lamb

Yes, all those would have helped; but I'm quite sure they weren't taught any of them.

Gargoyle; one day!! We will live in a world where people like this simply DO NOT exist!! It IS going to happen and sooner than people realize or believe.

Whenever I get down over seeing, hearing or reading about evildoers, I read Psalms 37. It's such a wonderful read and tells us exactly how those whose very existence is about NOTHING but themselves and what THEY can get; will be treated!! It's sad that it has to come to this with people, but they choose it of their own free will.

Augustaisdying
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Augustaisdying 07/27/13 - 01:45 am
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So we know...
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These idiots will get worse and worse.

"Demonia," at 39-years-old, is the poster idiot for the problem.

Death penalty? Might as well. These peons are animals. It would be beneficial for society. Fry Demonia first, with the thuglets watching. Then fry them.

understand1
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understand1 07/27/13 - 01:54 am
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June 29th shooting

Was the young man killed apart of the gang or an innocent bystander?

Augustaisdying
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Augustaisdying 07/27/13 - 02:26 am
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What do you think?
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He's now a member of the Dead Thug Gang.

Augustaisdying
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Augustaisdying 07/27/13 - 02:33 am
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RCSD doesn't care
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It's too much to ask of them to clean up the city. They're scared. It's not PC.

Augusta is a lost cause. They've taken over.

Just move.

Augustaisdying
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Augustaisdying 07/27/13 - 02:36 am
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Wasted time
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We aren't idiot whisperers.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 07/27/13 - 05:31 am
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Geez , nobody want to be a
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Geez , nobody want to be a regular nice guy anymore .

david jennings
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david jennings 07/27/13 - 06:43 am
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Obama doesn't get it?

Looking at the front page of the chronicle this morning, now when I go out in public today and I see anyone who is similar in appearance to these guys, I'm probaly going to lock my car doors. I must look rough because I'v had people lock thier doors when I crossed the street before? I wonder how is it working out for all the people who don't believe we need God anymore?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/27/13 - 07:01 am
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Gangs

Gangs are taking the place of family....sad too.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/27/13 - 07:35 am
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All of them know right from

All of them know right from wrong, all of them were given a free public school education. You can't stop people from making bad choices, and they are making theirs.

Instead of worrying about Riverwalk, the Commissioners need to authorize more police officers, before the gangs take over the entire city.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/27/13 - 07:47 am
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Have to agree corgi

That veranda can wait.....get more police in the area.

KSL
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KSL 07/27/13 - 07:49 am
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Gargoyle

It is going to take more than shunning.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/27/13 - 07:56 am
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I am not racial profiling but

I am not racial profiling but it looks like all these gang members may be black. The kid looks about the same age as Trayvon Martin. Was there gang violence in the Sanford area too? Some concern when little kids pick up guns and enjoy killing people.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/27/13 - 08:01 am
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Awwww gangs are kool, Just

Awwww gangs are kool, Just now they've gotten violent cause life doesn't have a special dignity or nuttin' anymore. I don't see why murder is a crime anymore-just a late term abortion. After all we all are gonna die why does it matter when. I know Hillary Clinton feels that way. Seems if some kid needs to kill somebody to join his gang why should he be denied his constitutional right to pop a cap in em. I can see some folks are racist and don't want these kids to participate in this sport.

jmo
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jmo 07/27/13 - 08:11 am
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Where is the outrage......

from the Reverends?

...point to ponder
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...point to ponder 07/27/13 - 08:19 am
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Suspicious....

These killings ring true of civil rights violations. The protestors really need to hit the streets along with Jackson, Sharpton to get to the bottom of THESE shootings and all the other killings occurring .
Or do THEY care? I guess since the black leadership isn't up in arms then there must not be any money or press involved.

I saw where one county commissioner had a bag of Skittles at his commission desk...what will he do to show "solidarity" for the victims of these shootings ....*the citizens and society.are having their civil rights violated....

Frustration....

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jimmymac 07/27/13 - 08:27 am
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RACE BAITERS
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You won't see the race baiters calling for protests every time one of these little thugs stops the life of a rival gang member. Why is the Trayvon Martin incident any more important than the recent gang related death? Why aren't the preachers in the black community calling for the justice department to crack down on gang activity? My feeling is it's because they can't point their crooked little finger at someone white to blame. The black leaders are failing their people by ignoring the BOB crime in the hood.

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chascushman 07/27/13 - 09:39 am
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This is what the Great
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This is what the Great Society, liberals, democrats and black leaders have created.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 07/27/13 - 09:42 am
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With such an innocent
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face as mr. mustard's, who would have thought he could be a criminal. Kinda has the look of TRAYVON MARTIN, to me.

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bigj706 07/27/13 - 09:58 am
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They are constantly it just

They are constantly it just doesn't make news. It has always been a call to improve the community way before the Trayvon trial, but know one cared about listening. As long that it has been black on black crime local preachers has called out to stop it for help from the community to get these young men to go a different path. Apparently though I haven't heard too many atta boys from anybody. It goes to show that not only the news doesn't show that but the commenters on here don't really care either because you live in your own little worlds and only now because the news is pumping this out like crazy and you don't like it that I see the constant where are preachers blah blah fix your on community blah blah. There has always been a fight to improve the community who would just sit there and say this is ok our kids killing each other is cool and most of you who believe that I I know where your mind frame is that. I always ask when I comment what are we going to do as a community because it is everyone community not just the blacks because we always try to improve most of us any way. Don't you think a combined community of everyone all races is stronger than a familiar face of color to them it might be a shock to see that other races care for them instead I'm going back into my house to window watch and complain as usual.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/27/13 - 10:07 am
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Drug wars.

Drug wars.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/27/13 - 10:09 am
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"This is what the Great

"This is what the Great Society, liberals, democrats and black leaders have created."

ChasCushman, no, I heartily disagree with you on this. This is what a succession of city leaders have created, from Ronnie "There are no gangs in Augusta" Strength, on down to the Commissioners who are far more concerned about trolleys, verandahs, TEE Centers, and parking meters.

This has been coming since the early 80's, when crack cocaine hit Augusta, and the city leaders did- nothing. Absolutely nothing.

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