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Augusta man shot during robbery on Hummingbird Lane

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 10:17 PM
Last updated Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 12:07 AM
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A 37-year-old Augusta man was shot during an armed robbery Wednesday on Hummingbird Lane.

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Ricardo D’Artanion Raiford arrived home after shopping at Wal-Mart when a silver Chevrolet Impala stopped in front of his driveway, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

Raiford said the driver of the Impala initially began asking for directions. Moments later, the front-seat passenger exited the vehicle and ran toward the victim with a black revolver, shouting “give it up,” according to the incident report.

The driver stayed in the vehicle but also pointed a black revolver at Raiford through the driver’s side window, according to the report.

The victim attempted to grab the revolver from the passenger’s hand and a pair of shots were fired, one of which struck Raiford in the left forearm, according to the report.

The passenger ran back to the Impala, which was last seen traveling toward Shelby Road, the report stated.

The victim was taken to Georgia Regents University Hospital.

The driver was described as being in his mid-20s, having short hair and wearing a dark shirt. The passenger was described as being in his mid-20s, with short hair and wearing a dark shirt and jeans.

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nocnoc
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nocnoc 02/27/14 - 05:52 am
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MO sounds familiar

About 18 months ago wasn't there a series of crimes involving victims being followed home from Wally World after cashing checks or getting large Cash Back with purchases?

BTW: Is there a reason the victim was able to note in detail the the pistol, the make and model of car, who was sitting where, but failed to note or provide a better detail description of his attackers?

PC - guidelines maybe ?

corgimom
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corgimom 02/27/14 - 06:50 am
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Oh, he described them- it

Oh, he described them- it just wasn't printed.

That man was lucky he wasn't killed.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 02/27/14 - 07:34 am
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It's Augusta....they don't

It's Augusta....they don't have to print all of the description.

+2.....living the dream.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/27/14 - 08:48 am
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Safe area gone to HELL!

This area was nice at one time....we had friends there...why is it that the leaders of these communities are not SICK OF THIS CRAP!

You worry about the Paula Deens---you worry about the Fox News but the real problems seem to glance by your eyes....
LOOK AT IT!! GET REAL about crime in your YARD!

redfish
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redfish 02/27/14 - 08:53 am
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I'll be on the lookout...

The two suspects should be easy to spot with that detailed description. The police can start rounding up every male in their mid 20's with short hair.

Great reporting Chronicle!

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 02/27/14 - 09:03 am
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Darn, Not The Robbers

Darn, too bad it was not one of the ROBBERS that got shot. Yes -- livin' the dream.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 02/27/14 - 10:15 am
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And that is why when my

And that is why when my children left for college, I moved out of that neighborhood. I lived very close to the Green Meadows Country Club in the newer section, but I could see drug trafficking problems were encroaching our area, too, by 2008, no longer just in the older section in the horseshoe area of Shelby Drive. I didn't feel safe to live there alone. I would have to have been on armed guard duty 24/7 and no one has time for that.

LLArms
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LLArms 02/27/14 - 10:55 am
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It must have been a white

It must have been a white guy. We all know white guys love Impala's and "give it up" battle cries.

Seriously, is the editor really trying to be politically correct in favor of the criminal?

countyman
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countyman 02/27/14 - 11:41 am
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Lumpkin road

The majority of violent crime in Augusta is not random and we don't know the entire story...

Lumpkin road is not that bad of an place either, especially the part between Deans Bridge and Richmond Hill.. Plenty of hardworking families still live in this area..

Kris3015
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Kris3015 02/27/14 - 12:05 pm
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I'm His Son

I'm the victim's son and I was in the house at the time of the incident. I heard a gun shot and I didn't think anything of it and then I heard someone bringing on the back door and I looked and seen nobody so I went to the front door and opened it and there was my dad and he told me he got shot and some people tried to rob him. You have to be careful out here these days because you never know what might happen.

pja5529
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pja5529 02/27/14 - 12:10 pm
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Sorry what happened

Sorry about what happened to your father Kris. I hope he recovers fully and they find the guys that did this.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 02/27/14 - 12:14 pm
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Reported Crime for Richmond Hill area

Maybe Hard working but sure has a lot of crime that has been generated from all those apartments.

Richmond Hill area has been in the top 4 reported crimes for several years?

2014  & Reported crimes
Feb1-Feb 27 = 47
Jan 1 -Jab 31 = 45

2013 & Reported Crimes
Jan 1 to Dec 31 = 1642

Sweet son
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Sweet son 02/27/14 - 12:23 pm
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White, black, asian, hispanic?

Come on Chronicle we are all sure the 'race' was in the report. Better descriptive info could help neighbors watch out for these two thugs.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 02/27/14 - 12:24 pm
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@Kris

Sorry that you have now become "acquainted" with these low-lifes, and have had to witness your Dad having been shot. It is not right. We've got to clean this mess up.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/27/14 - 12:29 pm
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"The majority of violent

"The majority of violent crime in Augusta is not random and we don't know the entire story..."

Yes, we do, Countyman, the whole story is that the man had come from Walmart and was held up in his own driveway. There isn't any more to the story. Why would you think there was any more to it?

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Fiat_Lux 02/27/14 - 12:31 pm
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Once lived on Hummingbird Lane myself. Wouldn't now.

As for the PC cowardice of not telling us what the perps looked like beyond the length of their hair or what the generally had on, well AC, you're really plumbing the depths here.

Either that, or you've become so cynical about the level and perpetrators of crime in Richmond County that you no longer feel the need to describe those doing it. We know, alright, but you still should give decent, useful descriptions anyway.

countyman
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countyman 02/27/14 - 01:00 pm
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Per Capita

The total number of crimes is pretty much irrelevant. The only way to judge crime is using the per capita crime rates..

Richmond Hill is one of the longest roads in the area and includes the stats for Richmond Hill west(home of those cheaper apartment complexes)...

Why do people care about the AC reporting the race of the individuals but then don't care when they hardly ever report crime outside of Richmond County?

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 02/27/14 - 01:24 pm
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Police report

I don't know about this particular story, but generally we give the information that is in the police report. You would be surprised how often race is not included.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/27/14 - 01:40 pm
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Most crime in county

Just a couple of weeks ago I wanted to know how many section8 moved to Richmond Hill west....no answer.

This section was noted as MOST crimes ....I was shocked, this wasn't the case years back & neither was Lumpkin Rd & streets around Lumpkin....
MANY have left this area for the very reason we see on this article....I don't care what others say, this needs to be addressed....rampant crime is more important than what Paula Deen says in a darn burn lawsuit...or what is happening in Florida...FIX YOUR OWN NEIGHBORHOOD!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/27/14 - 01:42 pm
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Commish & Sheriff Roundtree??????

Richmond Hill area has been in the top 4 reported crimes for several years?

2014 & Reported crimes
Feb1-Feb 27 = 47
Jan 1 -Jab 31 = 45

2013 & Reported Crimes
Jan 1 to Dec 31 = 1642

DOES THIS MATTER TO YOU..

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/27/14 - 01:47 pm
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Kris I'm sorry about your dad

Please call these men & women--they are supposed to work for the taxpayers...meaning YOU & your DAD..

http://www.augustaga.gov/652/Augusta-Commission

When you do nothing you get the same thing over & over..

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/27/14 - 01:50 pm
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also this #

Sheriff's Office

Law Enforcement Center
400 Walton Way
Augusta, GA 30901

Ph: (706) 821-1000
Fx: (706) 821-1064

Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/27/14 - 02:07 pm
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That is a sad statement

"The total number of crimes is pretty much irrelevant."

Only when it doesn't happen to you.

BamaMan
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BamaMan 02/27/14 - 02:49 pm
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Crime

We left a very nice area of South Augusta in 1981 for Columbia County. We saw what was happening, and decided we didn't want our kids growing up there. What used to be upper-middleclass, is NO more. Our former home is a trash dump now. Sad to see what you worked hard for and took care of turn into a dump.

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burninater 02/27/14 - 04:09 pm
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"As for the PC cowardice of

"As for the PC cowardice of not telling us what the perps looked like beyond the length of their hair or what the generally had on, well AC, you're really plumbing the depths here."

"I don't know about this particular story, but generally we give the information that is in the police report. You would be surprised how often race is not included."
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Often, posters in these forums point out that lack of civility is creating a decay of general decency in society.

Here's a case in point, where an individual can help decrease this trend by doing the generally decent thing and apologizing for being uncivil before understanding the facts of the situation.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 02/27/14 - 05:05 pm
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countyman, Hummingbird Lane

countyman, Hummingbird Lane is off Lumpkin Road, behind the Shelby Drive horseshoe, backs right up to the back of the Augusta Tech campus. Shelby Drive area has had known drug houses since at least the 70's, but usually they didn't go further back into the newer neighborhood behind Shelby. It was obvious, with the amount of thefts from our properties and neighbors and other problems, that crime was spreading throughout the subdivision. Green Meadows is not an apartment complex, it is a neighborhood between the Green Meadows Country Club and the Augusta Tech main campus.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 02/27/14 - 05:19 pm
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Again, it is the AUGUSTA

Again, it is the AUGUSTA Chronicle, countyman, and the insert that reports crimes is called "Richmond County Neighbors". In Columbia County, they get the insert of Columbia County Crimes in the the "Columbia News Times", however they have it set up. Note: Augusta crimes are generally reported in the Augusta newspaper; Columbia County crimes are generally reported in the Columbia County paper. Simple common sense.

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itsanotherday1 02/27/14 - 05:41 pm
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My wife grew up on Shelby

My wife grew up on Shelby Drive.

Kris, sorry your dad was hurt. Hopefully it is an eye opener for you and you can help other kids stay away from trouble.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/27/14 - 05:45 pm
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Not to mention Autumn Leaves,

Not to mention Autumn Leaves, if you peruse the Columbia County bookings in the AC, you don't see where many people are charged with violent crimes OR property crimes. A lot of probation violations, hold for other agency, DUI, occasional DV, drug possession, etc.

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countyman 02/27/14 - 06:40 pm
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Not buying it!!

The gas leak and proposed hospitals are two of the top stories on the Augusta Chronicle.. Neither one of them is related to anything in Richmond County. Everyday we constantly hear about the proposed hospitals, road construction, new businesses, etc in Columbia County and the paper is called the 'Augusta Chronicle'? Look at the number of articles dedicated towards Columbia County on the Augusta Chronicle during the recent ice storm..

The Columbia County News Times barely even reports the crime in Columbia County. Why does Richmond County need a crime map and the crime & courts section if the articles under latest updates/metro news involved crime reports too?

The Augusta Chronicle bookings don't show every single criminal incident. There's been times were the amount of burglaries in Columbia County is over 300 and close to one per day..

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