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1 dead, 1 injured in shooting at Southgate Shopping Center

Sunday, April 6, 2014 12:41 AM
Last updated 12:55 AM
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One man is dead and another is wounded after a drug-related shooting at the Southgate Shopping Center on Gordon Highway late Saturday, police said.

Deputies and emergency crews work the scene of a shooting at Southgate Shopping Center.  TRAVIS HIGHFIELD/STAFF
Deputies and emergency crews work the scene of a shooting at Southgate Shopping Center.

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About 10:20 p.m., an off-duty Richmond County sheriff’s deputy working a special assignment heard shots being fired near the Bi-Lo grocery store in the shopping center, Sgt. Glen Rahn said.

The deputy pursued a vehicle occupied by three males to the 2100 block of Cook Road. There, police arrested the suspects and learned one was suffering from a gunshot wound.

The wounded suspect is receiving treatment.

Deputies responding to the shopping center found a white male dead in the parking lot. Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose pronounced dead at the scene Michael Hanson, 35, of Augusta at 11:05 p.m. Saturday.

Boose said he was shot at least one time and that an autopsy will take place at the GBI crime lab in Atlanta. 

“I’ve never seen so many cop cars in one spot,” said witness Suzanne Lopez, of Augusta. “They were coming from every direction."

Kenya Page, of Augusta, was inside Bi-Lo at the time of the shooting. She said she heard about five or six shots before walking out of the store to find a man laying next to a red Ford pickup.

“I knew immediately that it sounded like a gun,” Page said. “I was afraid to step outside at first, but then I saw the officer chase a red car out of the parking lot. We saw (the police) swarming the parking lot in a few seconds.”

Another witness, Bradley Jennings, of Augusta, said he saw the victim attempt to enter the truck before falling to the ground.

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tammyhinman 04/07/14 - 09:38 pm
Michael was NOT a "low life"

Michael was a devoted family man. He and his wife had been together since they were 15 years old. They have 3 children ranging from 15 to 6 yrs old. He lived his life completely for his family. He was a successful, good man. He just went to get ice cream for his little ones & Medicine for his mother, when three real lowlife thugs decided to take his life. He was leaving the grocery store when they approached him, robbed and shot him. How dare any of you jump to conclusions and trash someone without knowing anything about them; especially under these circumstances. Can you imagine the pain his wife, children and mother are feeling? To have to come here and read these comments on top of that.... shame on you!

alleycat 04/09/14 - 09:33 pm
Mike was not a low life or a

Mike was not a low life or a thug ! He was on a errand for his mother. Then his wife called and ask him to pick up ice cream for the kids. He was parked up front ,ran in got ice cream then called his wife saying he was on his way. When he didn't arrive home or answer his phone she was afraid he had had a wreck or broke down. So her mother drove her to the store only to see yellow tape and police cars. Then she was told her husband was dead. She has fallen to pieces and blames herself for asking him to stop & get ice cream.
It was low life thugs that robbed & killed him. Three kids have lost their daddy. I hope those rabid thugs meet their maker soon and then burn in Hell !

ThomasSmith1969 04/28/14 - 11:59 am
Michael WAS a low life...

Anyone can say as they want, but the facts say pretty clearly that Michael dealt drugs, and fairly importantly, SHOT FIRST.

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