Originally created 08/18/00

Two face charges in shooting

A name-calling contest in the Harrisburg section of Broad Street around midnight Wednesday apparently triggered a drive-by shooting that injured two men, one of them critically, a Richmond County Sheriff's Department sergeant said.

Two North Augusta men were arrested after they were stopped for speeding on Broad Street. They were charged with aggravated assault in the shooting of Alphonzo Lewan Parks, 20, of Augusta, and James Antonio Overton, 21, of Gilbert Manor, Sgt. Wayne Pinkston said.

Mr. Parks was shot in the head and is in critical condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Mr. Overton was shot in the hand and leg and was released Thursday, hospital spokeswoman Sandra Oak said.

Police arrested Marco Devon Appling, 21, of the 400 block of Metz Drive, and Antonio Lamar Flowers, 21, of the 1200 block of Weston Street - both in North Augusta - and charged them with two counts each of felony aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, Sgt. Pinkston said.

Investigators Thursday were piecing together Wednesday's events, which began with a dispute between two women and Mr. Parks and Mr. Overton on the 1900 block of Broad Street at Grace Street.

"All we know for sure is that the two females got into a name-calling contest with the two victims," Sgt. Pinkston said. "They were standing out near the street or in the street. We don't know exactly right now what it was about, but there were some names called.

"At some point, the suspects rode by in their vehicle, a little red Dodge Neon. They were going eastbound, and shots were fired from the vehicle, and one of the victims was shot in the left ear. He is now in MCG trauma with one of the bullets lodged in his brain."

Immediately after the shooting, before a police call had been broadcast, a patrol car stopped the suspects' car for speeding on Broad Street, just east of the Augusta Canal bridge.

After the car was stopped, the driver, Mr. Appling, stuck his hands out the window as if to surrender, Sgt. Pinkston said.

"At about the same time, a motorist pulled up and warned the deputies to be careful because the suspects had just shot some people up the street and had a gun in the car," he said.

After searching the car and finding no gun, officers found a 9mm Ruger handgun near the bridge, the only place the deputy who stopped the car had lost sight of the speeding car, Sgt. Pinkston said.

Reach Sylvia Cooper at (706) 823-3228 or sylviaco@augustachronicle.com.


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