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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
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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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Butterman
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Butterman 04/06/14 - 12:29 am
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Welcome to Augusta
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Golf visitors.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 04/06/14 - 05:15 am
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Now someone will post here and say...

..."murders happen in Columbia County too!!!"

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/06/14 - 06:02 am
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We need to do a better job of communicating

with the thieves, gangs and drug dealers.

Obviously someone downtown forgot to put out the annual
Masters Week Notice.

TO ALL THIEVES, GANGS, & DRUG DEALERS.
Cease all illegal activities during Masters Week.

useful
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useful 04/06/14 - 06:13 am
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white male dead. what color

white male dead. what color are the shooters? all I am saying is if color matters tell the whole story.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/06/14 - 06:38 am
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IMPORTANT NOTE:

To all Southgate Shoppers.
If you hear shots fired and see bodies on the ground and Police swarming the scene .....

IT DOES NOT MEAN IT IS SAFE TO WALK OUTSIDE INTO THE PARKING LOT.

corgimom
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corgimom 04/06/14 - 07:20 am
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"Boose said that he was shot

"Boose said that he was shot at least one time"

WOW, that was a news flash! Ya think?

When you die of a gunshot wound, yes, then you were shot at least once, I do believe.

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CobaltGeorge 04/06/14 - 07:51 am
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Had

to read this 3 times before understanding what was being said.

"Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose pronounced dead at the scene Michael Hanson, 35, of Augusta at 11:05 p.m. Saturday."

curly123053
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curly123053 04/06/14 - 07:57 am
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Not Surprised At All !!

Southgate is a hotbed of druggies and panhandlers and it was a matter of time before something like this happened. I have been working in a business in that shopping center since 2006 and we are always being hit up for money in the parking lot. When you are finished working you rarely hang around and go directly to your car and LEAVE !! It has gotten worse since the sheriff dept closed the substation at Southgate. This was an event that was bound to happen. Sorry a life has been lost but when you dabble in illegal drugs this will eventually happen.

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JRC2024 04/06/14 - 08:41 am
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One less druggie to worry

One less druggie to worry about.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 04/06/14 - 08:58 am
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Par for the course...

...
Nothing unusual here - happens all the time. X-amount of people, pushed into X-amount of space, with X-politicians saying whatever needs to be said in order to be elected.

Problem is - regular people, let's call them "G" are sick and tired of X.

G can cancel X, problem is, X seems to be what all chase for.

Darby
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Darby 04/06/14 - 09:49 am
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Darby
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Darby 04/06/14 - 09:55 am
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Guess my wife

Might be inclined to rethink her frequent shopping trips to the Roses store there...

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/06/14 - 10:33 am
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Citizen safety

The average citizen still is reasonably safe, as most of these shootings are drug or gang related affairs. I know, I know; flying bullets and all that, but I did say "reasonably". They aren't killing people who just happened to cross their path on the way to the grocery store.

As I've said before; when it is low-lifes killing low-lifes, I don't much care. It saves the taxpayers a ton in the long run; not having to pay for their eventual incarceration, out of wedlock babies, etc., etc. Tough for family and friends, but these folks choose their path.

Butterman
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Butterman 04/06/14 - 10:31 am
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Nortonguy
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will probably just say The Chronicle is making this up to make Augusta look bad and then talk about all the unreported shootings in Columbia and Aiken Counties

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/06/14 - 10:35 am
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Errrr IAD

Somebody needs to tell that to the Formosa Dr folks...they may not understand though....1115am in mid day robbing....
That area has been in the news a lot lately.

Darby
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Darby 04/06/14 - 11:16 am
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"They aren't killing people

who just happened to cross their path on the way to the grocery store."

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Well, not that often anyway.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 04/06/14 - 12:48 pm
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White boy goes to the ghetto to pick up some crack
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What could possibly go wrong?

WarrenvilleRepublican
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WarrenvilleRepublican 04/06/14 - 01:27 pm
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Wonder Why

Shooting happen in Columbia, Aiken, Edgefield and McDuffie County too. But one has to ask, why does South Augusta and Richmond County seem to have so many more? Until we all stop making excuses and start holding these criminal "underprivileged" "poorly educated" residents of the CSRA accountable nothing will change. No more excuses. Sheriff Roundtree please take control and end this now!

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 04/06/14 - 03:10 pm
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itsanotherday, you need to

itsanotherday, you need to care. Bullets do not always hit their intended targets in these situations. Drug-trafficking and other crimes do not just occur under cover of darkness, either. They are happening next door, up the street, around the corner, in broad daylight. If people turn their heads and say "live and let live" that might not be their condition in short order. As long as pot is illegal we are going to be affected by the illegal activities that go along with its trafficking.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 04/06/14 - 03:11 pm
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I was thinking the same

I was thinking the same thing, seenitb4.

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Fiat_Lux 04/06/14 - 04:20 pm
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"walking out of the store to find a man laying next to a..."

what, eggs?

I could understand using that particular abomination of a gerund if it were a direct quote, ie, with quotation marks to indicate it was something someone actually said, God bless 'em.

Having it written by someone who supposedly went to J school is quite offensive, to people who love and respect the English language anyway.

To have an editor totally miss it is unconscionable.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 04/06/14 - 04:21 pm
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"walking out of the store to find a man laying next to a..."

what, an egg?

I could understand using that particular abomination of a gerund if it were a direct quote, ie, with quotation marks to indicate it was something someone actually said, God bless 'em.

Having it written by someone who supposedly went to J school is quite offensive, to people who love and respect the English language anyway.

To have an editor totally miss it is unconscionable.

corgimom
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corgimom 04/06/14 - 06:31 pm
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They rarely shoot each other

They rarely shoot each other over pot, that's not nearly as lucrative as cocaine and meth.

There's a lot of competition in Augusta when it comes to selling pot, there's a dealer on every corner.

But there's real money to be made in coke and crack and meth- and that's what brings out the guns.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/06/14 - 06:31 pm
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Darby

Can you give me any stats on people killed by stray bullets vs intentional, and the likelihood of the average citizen being a victim? In my opinion, you will more likely get struck by lightning. Let the low lifes kill each other; we are better off in the long run.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/06/14 - 06:43 pm
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I agree A.L.

"As long as pot is illegal we are going to be affected by the illegal activities that go along with its trafficking."

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/06/14 - 06:46 pm
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I don't understand...

"Somebody needs to tell that to the Formosa Dr folks...they may not understand though....1115am in mid day robbing....
That area has been in the news a lot lately."

What that has to do with low lifes killing low lifes. If they have invaded that neighborhood (likely), then it is the same dilemma all older neighborhoods face. It seems to me that the more often they kill each other off, the less these neighborhoods have to worry about.

curly123053
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curly123053 04/06/14 - 08:12 pm
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Just a victim

I have since learned the victim was just that, a victim. He was not a drug dealer. He was shopping and was robbed by these thugs. I have a family member who is highly upset over this because he is good friends with the murdered man! He leaves behind 3 small kids and a wife. Prayers are needed for this man's family.

Darby
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Darby 04/06/14 - 11:32 pm
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"In my opinion, you will more likely get struck

by lightning. Let the low lifes kill each other; we are better off in the long run."

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Sure hope you're not looking for me to disagree with you, iad1, cause it ain't gonna happen.

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Proof 04/07/14 - 04:59 am
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Really??!!

R.I.P........ Michael Hanson. people should pay attention to what they read. to who it may concern it has been clearly stated that Mr.Hanson was approached by three men who had all intentions of taking his money as well as his life pay attention there were no drugs found. just for the record if there were no drugs found what gives anyone the rite to say that the vicious act that cost Michael his life "appeared" to be drug related??! point blank people Michael was robbed and murdered by three thugs. our law enforcement is always quick to pull the drug card. it is what it is they would rather use drugs to be the reason why these three worthless scumbags could rob and murder Michael when all he was trying to do was make his way in Bi-Lo to buy some ice cream for his children. shame on all of you my prayers go to his family GOD REST HIS SOUL. Michael will be missed!

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countyman 04/07/14 - 10:28 am
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Warren like. I think Aiken

Warren like. I think Aiken and Richmond have around the same number of homicides this year. The population of Richmond is also much larger than Aiken and Columbia.

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