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Suspects identified in south Augusta shooting

Sunday, April 6, 2014 8:05 PM
Last updated Monday, April 7, 2014 12:57 AM
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Police have identified three suspects in a Saturday night shooting at Southgate Shopping Center on Gordon Highway that left one man dead and another wounded.



John Lee Scarboro, 26, of Augusta, and Ricardo Lavert Jones, 28, of Augusta, have each been charged with murder and robbery by sudden snatch, according to Richmond County jail records.

Police have also obtained an arrest warrant for Bartrell Griffin, who was taken to an area hospital late Saturday after suffering a gunshot wound during what police are calling a robbery. His injuries aren’t believed to be life-threatening, and he will be charged with murder and robbery by sudden snatch on his release from the hospital, Sgt. Glen Rahn said Sunday.

About 10:20 p.m., an off-duty Richmond County sheriff’s deputy working a special assignment heard gunshots near the Bi-Lo grocery store in the shopping center, 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 that one was suffering from a gunshot wound.

Deputies responding to the shopping center found Michael Hanson, 35, of Augusta, dead. He was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m. by Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose, who said Hanson suffered at least one gunshot wound during the incident.

An autopsy will take place at the GBI crime lab in Atlanta, Boose said.

“I’ve never seen so many cop cars in one spot,” said 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 lying 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.

Police said they believe the incident is drug-related.

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corgimom
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corgimom 04/06/14 - 08:24 pm
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John Lee Scarboro has been

John Lee Scarboro has been arrested several times for robbery and drug possession. This is just more of the same for him.

corgimom
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corgimom 04/06/14 - 08:29 pm
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Same with Ricardo, too.

Same with Ricardo, too.

alleycat
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alleycat 04/06/14 - 08:38 pm
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I've known Mike & Crystal

I've known Mike & Crystal since they were teenagers. Mike was the love of Crystals life . They have three precious children . Mike was not a thug ! This family needs your prayers.

curly123053
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curly123053 04/06/14 - 09:03 pm
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Mike was in the wrong place

Mike was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I hope these thugs get put away for life. The bleeding heart judges of Augusta-Richmond County are just as guilty of some of the innocent blood flowing in the streets of Augusta because they REFUSE to keep these repeat offenders locked up!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 04/06/14 - 09:56 pm
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Yeh, the DA's are probably

Yeh, the DA's are probably conferring on what kind of plea deal to offer the 3 of them now, over a few drinks at some Masters party.

Here you go DA's.....2 life sentences and 1 death penalty for the one that pulled the trigger. It's time to start getting the trash off of the streets PERMANENTLY. This shooting is YOUR fault and some JUDGES fault for letting this trash go free serveral times before.

alleycat
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alleycat 04/06/14 - 11:15 pm
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They were monsters. Mike was

They were monsters. Mike was married to his high school sweetheart and had 3 great kids together. They robbed him, but they also robbed his kids from having a father

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 04/07/14 - 06:29 am
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What Do You Expect!

The DA's office is back to the Sam B. Sebley Jr. era of the "Good Old Boy" system.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/07/14 - 08:46 am
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alleycat

I'm sorry for your loss....life means nothing to the punks...I read this on a daily basis in the Atlanta news....some say that crime has decreased...well duh...I can't believe it.

Airman
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Airman 04/07/14 - 10:31 am
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SeenB4

Crime has decreased in ATL is true! Well bust my britches. What they don't say is serious crime is on the rise, murder, rape etc. Oh sure auto theft down, shop lifting down because it is getting harder to steal cars unless you jack one, and these thugs have an expensive drug habit so they resort to crimes that invoke weapons and death. They do not care

bluedog
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bluedog 04/07/14 - 01:58 pm
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Good person at the wrong place

Mike will truly be missed , we worked together on and off and he was well loved by all he came in contact with ,

alleycat
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alleycat 04/07/14 - 03:45 pm
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Mike was getting his children

Mike was getting his children ice cream . Those thugs robbed him and murdered him! Those children have NO daddy because of scum of the earth. I hope they burn in hell !

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Darby 04/07/14 - 05:21 pm
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"Yeh, the DA's are probably conferring

on what kind of plea deal to offer the 3 of them now, over a few drinks at some Masters party."

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Wow! and I like to call myself cynical.

ThomasSmith1969
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ThomasSmith1969 04/28/14 - 11:31 am
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Michael Hanson was a drug dealer

During the pretrial for the suspects, the truth came out. The police are able to show a long history of dealing drugs (they even recovered his price list). Moreover, according to witnesses and video tape, PRIOR to being shot he "shot repeatedly" into the suspects' car.

alleycat
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alleycat 07/18/14 - 08:30 am
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Were you at the pretrial

Were you at the pretrial hearings ? How bad a drug dealer would you say he was? Did they say for sure he fired his gun. How many people out there would weigh 142 lbs and fight off 3 dangerous criminals that weighed way more than him the smallest thug being 150. Did they mention the icecream that he stopped to buy ? There is no way you could convince me Mike was even in the same league as the ones that killed him.

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