Originally created 05/15/00

Four wounded in morning shooting



Police issued an arrest warrant Sunday for an Augusta man in an early morning shooting that wounded four people - one critically - at a talent audition sponsored by a local radio station.

Police are searching for Shedrick DeLester Jones, 29. Mr. Jones, also known as "Pee Wee," is wanted on three counts of aggravated assault and three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, police said.

Among those wounded was local radio personality Stephanie Huff, who was master or ceremonies for the event.

The talent show, sponsored by hip-hop and R&B radio station Foxy 103 (WFXA-FM), was held in the lounge of the Gordon Highway Travelodge motel. The event showcased groups that were competing for a chance to perform at the upcoming Mayfest music festival.

Police estimated hundreds attended the contest, which officers said ended suddenly early Sunday morning after a patron began firing his handgun at the stage and then turned it on the audience.

Richmond County officers said that, sometime shortly before 1:30 a.m., a man attempted to get onstage during a band's performance but was pushed off.

Police said the suspect then pulled out a handgun and shot the man who shoved him. Arthur Bailey, wounded in the face, was listed in critical condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Sunday night.

The assailant then "began indiscriminately firing at the stage," Richmond County Investigator Scott Peebles said.

Six shots were fired, and four people were wounded.

Ms. Huff was shot in the thigh and was listed in stable condition Sunday at MCG. Patrick Curry of Augusta was wounded in the leg and also was stable.

An unidentified man suffered a gunshot wound to the hand, Investigator Peebles said.

Monica Jordan, who was helping a friend tend bar at the event, said the crowd began to flee the lounge after the shots were fired.

She said she threw herself to the ground. When Ms. Jordan stood up she saw blood splattered across the stage and several people wounded, including Ms. Huff, the announcer.

The radio station deferred comment to the station's Augusta market manager, Bill Jaeger, who did not immediately return phone calls to his home Sunday night.

Reach Heidi Coryell at (706) 823-3215.