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Boy, 14, shot outside of business

Sunday, July 6, 2014 12:03 AM
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A 14-year-old boy was hospitalized Saturday night after being shot once in the upper chest during a drive-by shooting in front of Jimmy John’s on Agerton Lane, authorities say.

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Deputies work the scene of a shooting near Jimmie John's on Agerton Lane, where a 14-year-old boy was injured.   TRAVIS HIGHFIELD/STAFF
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Deputies work the scene of a shooting near Jimmie John's on Agerton Lane, where a 14-year-old boy was injured.

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The injuries weren’t life-threatening, Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Lewis Blanchard said. The victim wasn’t identified.

Blanchard said about five shots were fired from a tan SUV, hitting windows on the Jimmy John’s storefront and on a vacant storefront next door, he said. Police were called about 10:15 p.m. The SUV, possibly a Jeep Cher­o­kee, was last seen heading toward Wheeler Road.

Jimmy John’s employee Michael McClain, who was still shaking off his nerves near the police tape in the minutes after the shooting, said he mistook the shots as the sound of his colleagues dropping a bottle of dijon mustard.

“A bunch of people started to run inside the store for safety, then I looked up and saw a softball-sized hole in tempered glass,” he said.

Co-worker Mike White said children hanging around the area has been a problem, but he credited the sheriff’s office for its fast response.

“Something like this I don’t think you can prepare for,” he said. “I don’t think parents need to be dropping off their kids and leaving them here.”

Police temporarily shut both lanes on Ager­ton Lane while investigators photographed the scene. Blan­­chard said moviegoers at Re­gal Cinemas and patrons at Lime­lite Cafe weren’t asked to leave but were told to stay clear of the parking lots.

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whyme
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whyme 07/06/14 - 12:41 am
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now what?

Can we really go anywhere these days and feel safe? It used to be that there were areas in town where, though totally unacceptable to be labelled as such, they are considered dangerous/known drug areas/higher potential for crime. Now these areas are growing to include some of the locations previously considered safe, such as the area where these shots were fired, the Augusta Mall, etc. Sad.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 07/06/14 - 12:54 am
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The RCSO parking a

The RCSO parking a car/truck/vehicle in front of the theater like they do on most weekends does no good if they aren't actually around with the vehicle. Every time I've gone to the movies on a weekend lately I've noticed lots of teens heading across the street after the movies. I gather that this is some sort of hangout area for them now. This is what happens when you leave your kids at the movies for their friends to babysit them while you go do whatever with your parental responsibility.

raul
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raul 07/06/14 - 01:24 am
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"said he mistook the shots as

"said he mistook the shots as the sound of his colleagues dropping a bottle of dijon mustard." Huh? Grey Poupon, I presume.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/06/14 - 05:18 am
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Nip it...nip it in the bud.

Nice homes & nice neighborhood nearby....either do something now...or go the way of Regency...really, I'm not joking!

myfather15
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myfather15 07/06/14 - 05:40 am
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Parents!!

These type parents use a parking lot as a baby sitter!! Why? Because they couldn't care less where their child is, as long as the child isn't bothering them!! And that's the plain truth!!

14 years old, at 10:15pm in Augusta??? Are you kidding me? Any given time, you can see anywhere from 20-100 kids hanging out in this area on weekends!! Why would they allow their children do hang out with crowds like this? Because they don't give a crap, that's why!!

iaaffg
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iaaffg 07/06/14 - 06:32 am
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i like the old time adage:

i like the old time adage: children should be seen and not heard. in fact, there's a lot of old school ways of dealing with children that should still be held as inalienable tenets of parenting, but we've gone way too touchy-feely kumbiyah for that anymore. so sad, too bad, there's a whole generation of selfish brats being raised, god only knows what the future holds for these entitlement children. i don't think it's going to be good, thank god i'll be dead by then.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/06/14 - 06:35 am
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"Can we really go anywhere

"Can we really go anywhere these days and feel safe?"

In a word, no.

When I was 14, yes, I was often out at places with my friends at that time of night. But we were decent kids and didn't do wrong things. We were in restaurants and movie theatres, and nothing ever happened. But there were no gangs, kids didn't have guns, and it was safe.

Sadly, the world has changed.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/06/14 - 06:36 am
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iaaffg, you and I are on the

iaaffg, you and I are on the same page. We thought our parents were mean and unreasonable, but they knew what they were doing.

And we kept ourselves in line, we never wanted to face the wrath of our parents, the idea of a whipping stopped a lot of the stupid ideas that we came up with.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 07/06/14 - 07:38 am
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Regency Mall II

One reason police and store owners can't just disperse crowds of teenagers is the ACLU and related lefties who whine about their rights. This needs to stop!

Here's one of many examples: http://cldc.org/2013/08/15/city-upholds-first-amendment-rights-at-free-s...

Not going to the Regal or other places nearby after 8 pm any more.
There's a nice theater in Evans...Columbia County...go ahead, pile on.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/06/14 - 07:06 am
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Private security that bites

dixieman...I would suggest they hire security NOW.....if you want to keep customers...I have seen the demise of a great mall...& this is the reason.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/06/14 - 07:25 am
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Remember what I said about that Spreading Virus?

Has it started its march to the affluent West Side RC/CC border area sooner than predicted.

Maybe the West Side needs to start thinking Deconsolidation?☺☻☺☻

corgimom
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corgimom 07/06/14 - 07:27 am
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No, Dixieman, there are local

No, Dixieman, there are local ordinances against loitering, it has nothing to do with the ACLU or rights. The police has jurisdiction over the parking lots if the property owner wants it.

The owners of the property are the ones that aren't doing what they are supposed to do.

Kids like to congregate in parking lots, and the police spend their time breaking them up- if the owner wants it that way.

However, when you are talking about drive-by shootings, there's no way to prevent that.

But somebody has to call the police when they see the kids congregate, and nobody is doing that, either.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/06/14 - 08:22 am
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BTW: May be it is time to bring back

JP's and Community Constables.

RCSO can only do so much and The old GA JP and Constable system kept the South Side under Control pretty well.

To bad it was discontinued in the late 1970's early 80's.

For the Gracewood area Charlie Tripp was the JP out here and David Quandt was his Constable. They locally handled many Bar fight at the old Butler Creek AmVet Club without firing a bullet, but a few bloody noses.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/06/14 - 07:33 am
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The edges of Gwinnett

Yep...it is happening now..same thing.

And some wonder why do the great stores close....why don't we have good grocery shops....why don't the banks stay .....why don't we have nice sit down restaurants...

DUH DUH DUH....

amarie525
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amarie525 07/06/14 - 07:42 am
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I wonder...

When the new theater opens up near Costco, will the Regal become like the old one near Burlington? That seems to be the theme around here. Now with this drive-by, will these business owners start moving to the new theater location? I am surprised more people did not get injured....that area is so congested with all the restaurants.

flipa1
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flipa1 07/06/14 - 07:53 am
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If you know who or where these drive by shooters may be PLEASE..

If you know who or where these drive by shooters may be PLEASE call the RCSO, Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS, or EMAIL/TEXT your tips to TIPS@AugustaCrimeStoppers.org.Where you remain anonymous and un-shot.

cush1944
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cush1944 07/06/14 - 08:08 am
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"Can we really go anywhere

"Can we really go anywhere these days and feel safe?"
This is what the Great Society, democrats, liberals and black leaders have created. Over 70% of black babies are born to un-wed mothers. When you have over 70% of black children with no father in the house this is what happens. But it is only going to get worse.
Here is an article in USA Today.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/06/couple-splits-up-to...

historylover
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historylover 07/06/14 - 08:42 am
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cush1944

I read the article you shared the link to. I'm not sure how that proves the comments in your post. One line of the article stood out to me though and that shows that it is the Republicans who are causing this couple's particular problem.

"Had Tennessee expanded its Medicaid program, they both would have been eligible for coverage." Republican governor of course, just as here in Georgia.

You just can't blame everything on liberals.

southern2
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southern2 07/06/14 - 08:58 am
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I visited Gary's last

I visited Gary's at Wheeler and Agerton last Thursday about 7PM and while sitting in a windowed booth waiting on my order I was surprised to see the volume of thug foot traffic on the property line from behind Brewter's, by a dumpster, and through a privacy fence that I think separates Dr. Rogers.

I moved 1/2 mile from here in 2001 to escape the perils of south Augusta. What a shame that west Augusta also has fallen victim to an uncivilized culture where life, love, and family holds no value.

Enjoyed the burger and the freak show!

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 07/06/14 - 08:53 am
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Juveniles

Why not set up a curfew of 10:00 pm for the under 18 crowd. Then when the crowd is found after 10 in public, and not accompanied by a parent or guardian have someone from DFACS on had to contact parents and find out why.. A lot of events in surrounding areas require children to be accompanied by a parent or no admission..

cush1944
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cush1944 07/06/14 - 09:14 am
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'You just can't blame

'You just can't blame everything on liberals.'
historylover, actually I can and do blame the liberals. The liberals, democrats and blacks leaders are destroying our country just as they have destroyed black families.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/06/14 - 09:18 am
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"Has it started its march to

"Has it started its march to the affluent West Side RC/CC border area sooner than predicted."

Well we don't have any sit down restaurant or movie theater parking lots on the south side for them to shoot up. They have to go across town to do that. If you want to shoot up a peaceful crowd you have to go where the action is.

Besides, if the little cowards start shooting over here they know they might receive return fire.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 07/06/14 - 09:22 am
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Armed private security...

Private security companies in Georgia have the same arrest authority as a police officer on the property they are paid to protect. Armed private security using well trained officers would break this up in no time.

As far as a drive by goes, accurate return fire seems to work in most places.

Brad

historylover
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historylover 07/06/14 - 10:03 am
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cush1944

You can do anything you please but it of course does not make you right.

hoptoad
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hoptoad 07/06/14 - 10:14 am
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My question is, where are

My question is, where are these kids getting guns? I guess some are stolen during home robberies but many children of gun owners have access to the weapons. I am an avid proponent for gun ownership, but feel parents who have not secured their weapons should be held to a certain degree of responsibility for their children's actions. Over 18 these children should be given the maximum sentence.

In spite of the argument that lengthy incarcerations create worse criminals, most criminals released even after only a short time still have a high rate of recidivism.

Parenting, as well as business owners' failure to report loitering, are equally responsible.

Cush1944, while I agree black birth rates of single mothers is a problem, I didn't see anything in the article that pointed to the ethnicity of the shooters. Did I miss that or should we wait for the shooters to be identified.

sand gnat
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sand gnat 07/06/14 - 10:39 am
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How high is the water, mama?

Can't stop water running down hill unless you dam it up or reroute it.
And the dam is leaking. Five feet high and rising. And the bad guys have boats now.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 07/06/14 - 11:14 am
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People are tired of reporting

People are tired of reporting loitering, trespassing, break-ins, and nothing is being done about it. Neighbors reported a break-in across the street, pointed the guy in the backyard when the officer pulled up, instead of apprehending him, officer went in to check out the house, he came out, neighbors pointed one of the young men out again, and he got in his patrol car, went the opposite direction around the circle, giving the young fellow time to "disappear" and never even wrote up a report for the incident. Also, a person that works in the area of Regal reported the loitering problem repeatedly, I don't know if he got a case # in any of the instances, but it is a known problem. As far as drive-by shooters, I don't know what can be done about that, but if I hear anything like gunshots I am ducking, because bullets don't have names on them. They might be aiming for someone else and hit me by accident. I've been shot at enough even inside my own home that it's an automatic response.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/06/14 - 12:43 pm
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Kids?

Hoptoad asked, “Where are these kids getting guns?”

Who said anything about kids? Sure, the victim was a kid, but there is no description of the shooter. It was likely an adult — a warped, sick adult, but an adult nevertheless.

moderate321
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moderate321 07/06/14 - 12:43 pm
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I will not go into the Kangaroo store...

southern2 is exactly right. The number of "thugs" that hang out at Gary's and the Kangaroo store on the corner of Agerton and Wheeler Road makes the place scary after dark. The catcalls and comments that are yelled at the female patrons who are getting gas is enough to simply drive elsewhere. I am surprised that the owners of this property are not actively discouraging this activity.

LeConteSkier
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LeConteSkier 07/06/14 - 01:02 pm
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The Church Is Dead

It amazes me how many of y'all are pointing fingers BUT could care less about ministering and making a positive difference in their life BEFORE the teens grow up and get involved in Gangs. I was a member of Crossbridge on Skinner Mill Rd less than a .25 of a mile from low income apts for 4 years and we HAD an amazing apartment ministry going. The kids and teens LOVED it and LOOKED FORWARD to us coming to pick them up. THEN when the youth leader left to go into full time missions then the rest of the church could care less. I was disappointed when the other major helpers in that ministry departed as we'll. Now CBC loves to drop $10 Grand on playground equipment, banners, signs and themes but CANT fix the van and won't invest in the community. What a shame. Ministries like that might have prevented this and many more shootings and killings. Then The Church with the tall steeple, y'all know the name behind the Y would rather squander their resources on marble trimmed palaces and sanctuaries than to invest it in the community. Use you resources wisely and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!

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