Originally created 07/25/99

Officers look for gunmen



Police are searching for a gunman in a shoot-out in which a bystander was shot, and in an unrelated incident, the manager of a local restaurant suffered multiple bullet wounds after an attempted robbery escalated, police said.

Delshon Flourney, 19, of Dillard Court, was in critical condition Saturday night at Medical College of Georgia Hospital with a gunshot wound to his head. Jeffrey Foat, 18, of the 1600 block of Old Savannah Road, was being sought by police Saturday night in connection with the shooting at 1544 Chestnut St., said Sgt. John Gray of the Richmond County Sheriff's Department.

Mr. Flourney was inside the house, borrowing tools from one of the residents. Around 12:30 p.m., two men drove up in front of the house and began arguing with three other people who were sitting on the porch. The argument was apparently a domestic dispute, Sgt. Gray said.

The two men on the road pulled out semi-automatic handguns and began firing toward the house. One of the men on the porch pulled out his semi-automatic handgun and returned fire, police said.

The family inside the house, including a small child, ran for cover. Mr. Flourney walked to the front of the house to find out what was happening. He was hit by a bullet while standing in the front doorway, police said.

All three men with guns ran. No one else was hurt, police said. Officers recovered multiple shell casings from the house and in the street.

Witnesses identified Mr. Foat from photographs and said it was his bullet that hit Mr. Flourney, police said. Investigators are still attempting to identify the other two gunmen. Each was described as black, about 6 feet tall with a slender build.

In another Augusta shooting, Gregory Johnson, the manager of Captain D's at 3337 Deans Bridge Road, was accosted after he locked up the restaurant around 12:20 a.m. Saturday. As he walked to his car in the side parking lot, he was approached by two men armed with handguns, one wearing a ski mask, said Investigator Billy Kitchens of the Richmond County Sheriff's Department.

The victim told police that the men forced him to re-open the restaurant, and walk into the office where the safe was. Police don't know exactly what happened next, but the victim said the armed men apparently became aggravated with him and started shooting, Investigator Kitchens said.

Mr. Johnson was shot multiple times in his arm, legs and groin area, with at least eight visible wounds, although some may have been inflicted by fragments from the bullets, Investigator Kitchens said. At least four shell casings were recovered by police.

The armed men left with nothing. The safe remained locked. Mr. Johnson activated the panic alarm, which dispatched deputies to the scene, police said.

Mr. Johnson was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he underwent surgery. Doctors told police that the injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

Mr. Johnson had been conscious at the scene and was able to talk to investigators. But because of his injuries, the details of the incident and description of the suspects are sketchy, Investigator Kitchens said. There were no other witnesses.

The attackers were described as black men. One was wearing a black shirt and a ski mask, and the other wearing jeans and a white shirt. One was tall and the other short, police said.

Jessica Rinck can be reached at (706) 823-3225 or jessica.rinck@augustachronicle.com.