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Police say shootings are gang-related

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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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Discussionstarter
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Discussionstarter 07/27/13 - 09:21 am
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Zero Tolerance

RCSO needs to enact a Zero Tolerance policy on anything that appears 'gang related'. Operation Gang Buster.

sassylassie
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sassylassie 07/27/13 - 09:50 am
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Where are/were the parents?

Where are/were the parents? It's sad when the rest of the community has to step in where sorry or irresponsible and absent parents are lacking.

And when will the protests against gang violence be held on the courthouse steps? Where are our national leaders who seem to converge on other cities to protest wrongful deaths? It is easier for them to turn their heads when it's their own who are repeatedly committing the crime, as Mr Abbot seems to be?

It would be a good time for our illustrious sheriff to call a conference and tell everyone how his office intends to deal with this recurring theme in Augusta.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 07/27/13 - 10:17 am
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Gang problems

@bigj--9:58 am
You are so correct that much is done to curb and address violence in general. All a group can do is inform the media; they can't make them show up. So many activities go unnoticed by the general public. Once several groups do the same thing it is no longer "news worthy" and is guaranteed to not make headlines.

We visited a historic African American church this week that has a strong ministry for ex-offenders: resume' building, job training, and mentoring through the church so they do not return to jail and a life of crime. There are many fraternities and sororities and social/civic groups that mentor during the elementary school years and beyond. So this sniping that suggests that these issues are not addressed are obviously made by people who don't know what they are talking about.

Bill O'Reilly said this week that the black community needs to address unwed parenthood. I don't know much about Mr. O'Reilly, but when he made that remark, I knew for sure he had never spent any time in a black church! Or he needs to broaden his visits.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/27/13 - 10:59 am
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BigJ and Truth: I am not

BigJ and Truth: I am not doubting either of your assertions that there are voices in the community crying loudly for better behavior, etc.; but by their voting patterns and politics, they don't seem to want to address the true issue. And that is government subsidies via many different social programs which allow, if not encourage, high illegitimate birth rates. Community leaders should be ostracizing, and preaching against promiscuity among the young, and the acceptance of government handouts by all. As someone said in a thread the other day, welfare supplanted the man in the family, which I believe, is at the root of 95% of the violence and anti-social behavior in the black community.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 07/27/13 - 11:19 am
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There are no 'parents' in these families!

Mama is home with her boyfriend and other babies. There was never a 'father' in the picture. Just a donor!

How could we expect any better! If you get your education under a street light then you use that 'street light' knowledge in your life: forever!

corgimom
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corgimom 07/27/13 - 12:32 pm
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Truth Matters, the people

Truth Matters, the people that attend those events aren't the problems. That's preaching to the choir.

And those "rallies" and "marches" are just plain wastes of time. Doing ineffective things over and over again are just plain pointless.

And, by the way, TruthMatters, I volunteered- as in worked for free- at an elementary school for 6 1/2 years. We could pick out the troubled ones in elementary school.

You really want to change things? Build more mental health facilities for children and FIX THE SCHOOLS, by the time they go to prison, it's way too late.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/27/13 - 12:37 pm
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The only way that Augusta can

The only way that Augusta can combat the existing gangs are by HIRING MORE POLICE OFFICERS and GIVING THEM EQUIPMENT.

And that will mean tax increases.

Instead of the Commissioners touring Riverwalk, they need to be touring Pepperidge, Richmond Hill, Barton Village, and Deans Bridge Rd, to mention just a few of the many places that are housing gangs.

chascushman
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chascushman 07/27/13 - 01:07 pm
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"ChasCushman, no, I heartily
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"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."
corgimom, I agree the folks you mention contributed to problem but the REAL problem is much BIGGER than Augusta. The problem is everywhere and YES IT WAS CREATED by the Great Society, liberals, democrats and black leaders

Pops
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Pops 07/27/13 - 03:48 pm
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The Dream

has turned into a Nightmare.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/27/13 - 03:50 pm
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I'm sorry but

anyone who names their son "Dijon" has saddled him with a genuine life stumbler.

And I'm afraid young Mr. Abbott simply can't cut the mustard.

redapples
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redapples 07/27/13 - 03:51 pm
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Where are all of the Trayvon

Where are all of the Trayvon Martin supporters, community organizers and sycophants when it comes to stories such as this one?! This, too, should be called a tragedy. Where is the national/international outrage? Where are the celebrities supporting this cause? It breaks by heart and sickens me to see what this culture of males is doing to other members of their own community and culture.

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damejacqueline 07/27/13 - 04:54 pm
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Where are the protesters?

All right, Reverends, Commissioners, Activists, Agitators! Are you going to organize a MARCH against these BLACK on BLACK shootings? None of you can point your crooked fingers at Mr. Zimmerman for shooting Mr. Martin when black low-down animals like these Negroes shoot another black man; one with promise...he was going to college on scholarship...top of his graduating class...had a job...something these gang negroes cannot or will not relate to. Animals like these need to be treated by the law for what they really are -- TERRORISTS! Just like Bin Laden. They need to be executed, not jailed and released after 6 or 7 years...I AM TIRED OF IT...from a Black Mother.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/27/13 - 05:02 pm
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"The problem is everywhere

"The problem is everywhere and YES IT WAS CREATED by the Great Society, liberals, democrats and black leaders"

Again, I disagree. Nobody had any idea in the 60's how pervasive the drug problem would be in America. It is appalling.

Gangs don't care about the Great Society, liberals, democrats, and black leaders. They are all about crime, and 99% of the crime relates to drugs.

Because Augusta didn't get bad until after crack cocaine came in, in the 80's. Before that, Augusta was clean and safe. There was very little crime. Your chances of being a crime victim was small. You could go anywhere, day or night, and you didn't have to worry too much about anything.

And there weren't gangs.

The gangs control the drugs in a city, and the Augusta gangs aren't any different.

Now, it's a hot mess, and getting worse.

chascushman
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chascushman 07/27/13 - 05:37 pm
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" The gangs control the drugs
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" The gangs control the drugs in a city, and the Augusta gangs aren't any different."
corgimom, the reason these gangs are so bad is because the Great Society, liberals, democrats and black leaders pretty much destroyed the structure of black families. These young men have no fathers and no self esteem. I agree drugs is a big problem but the mess we have was created by the democrats and black leaders.

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rmwhitley 07/27/13 - 05:55 pm
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Why does a piece
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of garbage such as mr. mustard survive when he's useless to society and a woman of dignity, Mrs. Debbie Marshall, passes away at such a young age? Mrs. Marshall made contributions to society while mustard drained the life, literally, from it.

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Bizkit 07/27/13 - 08:44 pm
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We need to import some of

We need to import some of that killer medical marijuana from California or Colorado to give to these gang members. If it's as good as they say well crime should drop dramatically. Hey maybe trade guns for weed. Gosh what a great idea. If crime doesn't drop then just bust em for the pot. Sort a like Bait Car.

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myfather15 07/28/13 - 12:25 am
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damejacqueline

Very nice to hear from you!! We need more voices like yours being read on these pages. I hope to read more comments from you!!

chascushman
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chascushman 07/28/13 - 07:25 am
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"Bill O'Reilly said this week
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"Bill O'Reilly said this week that the black community needs to address unwed parenthood. I don't know much about Mr. O'Reilly, but when he made that remark, I knew for sure he had never spent any time in a black church!"
TM, one does not need to go to a black church to know that over 70% of black babies are born to unwed mothers.

chascushman
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chascushman 07/28/13 - 07:29 am
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" And those "rallies" and
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" And those "rallies" and "marches" are just plain wastes of time. Doing ineffective things over and over again are just plain pointless.
And, by the way, TruthMatters, I volunteered- as in worked for free- at an elementary school for 6 1/2 years. We could pick out the troubled ones in elementary school."
corgimom, well said

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BETONIT 07/28/13 - 08:51 am
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Get Money Rock Boys

Get Money Rock Boys is the name of a local music group, not a gang smh.

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augbball 07/28/13 - 09:25 am
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Sad

What is really sad is one of these young men play HS basketball at Aquinas. Most of you would find that as a shock. A generation of Parents have failed miserably and When others try to help, kids think they have all of the answers. This child was still a year away from possibly graduating or was he just keeping up a facade. Sad. I know the coaches should be shocked.

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AutumnLeaves 07/28/13 - 04:23 pm
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I'm not shocked. There were

I'm not shocked. There were people involved in drug-trafficking at Aquinas even in the 70's, just like all the other schools, but more of the kids at Aquinas had expendable cash.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 07/28/13 - 04:25 pm
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A lot of these kids flouting

A lot of these kids flouting the law have plenty of self-esteem, the wrong kind. What they DON'T have is something more important: self-respect. A moral compass would help a lot, too.

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lifelongresident 07/29/13 - 08:10 am
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"yall white folk dont not be
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"yall white folk dont not be un-nah-stan-nin bout de black culture dis be a sign of rage from de slabe-bery, deys caint not be hep-pin dat dey be shoot-in, rob-bin, and steal-lin, cause da slabe-bery cause deese boys to not be able to do da book learn-nin dey let-tahs and num-bahs fo dey white man is dey one dat did dis to dem so it really not aint dey falt fo sho, as dey "SORRY AZZ" mammy's would say..."it aint not dey falt dey jess got caught wit dey wrong crowd dats all, my child he be a guut boy.

the solution is very simple: 1) BUILD MORE AND MORE/BIGGER AND BIGGER PRISONS-the state and rich cnty owns so much land that it would be very easy to build approx 3-5 1000 bed prisons in richmond cnty....so much for the TEE CENTER reducing crime and creating jobs-that's 100 million down a rat hole; 2) get out of the public housing/welfare business entirely-tear down all projects; 3)after building the prisons start handing out extremely long sentences and inact a 2-3 strikes law jailing these and all monkeys until they are very old and no longer a threat to society or dead...whichever comes first; 4) upon release banish the thug(s) AND THEIR FAMILy from the county because it is their lack of parental involvement is what is causing the problem; 5) since there isn't a constitutional right to "de welfare" all applicnats/recipents must prove they can care "fo dey chillen" without "de welfare" as an eligibility requirement..it is not soceity's responsibility to feed, clothe, and house children and their "broodmare" mammy...let her "man of da week-the one she found at de club" take care of her and pay her bills; 6) did i forget to mention "more jails/prisons and real long sentences" 7)if the so-called "religious/community leaders" believe in these thugs so much compel them to addopt, raise, feed, clothe, and have them live with the black leaders, this will really show how sincere they are regarding these thugs....

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