Originally created 10/11/05

Man is fatally shot in Augusta



Police are investigating the shooting death of a 24-year-old man whose body was found early Monday on an Augusta road.

According to officials, a resident of the 1500 block of Dunns Lane found the body, later identified as Dontavious Wyman, in an area of the street known as "The Cut."

Mr. Wyman's last known address is on Floyd Street near Dunns Lane.

Richmond County sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry said the death, immediately ruled a homicide, is considered drug-related. Police have a few leads in the case, though no arrests have been made, he said.

"There were no eyewitnesses that could say this or that, but we did get some information, and we'll see if it pans out," Maj. Autry said.

An autopsy performed Monday in Augusta's crime lab determined that Mr. Wyman died of multiple gunshot wounds. Richmond County Deputy Coroner Charlena Graham said he had been shot seven times, mainly in the face.

The street on which the victim was found runs between and parallel to Holly Street and Lee Beard Way. Most of the houses along both sides of the narrow street are boarded up, burned to the ground or dilapidated.

Mr. Wyman's mother, Carolyn Wyman, said she was beyond shocked to learn that her son had been gunned down there.

She described him as a sweet young man who smiled all the time and said she did not know why he was attacked in such a brutal manner.

"To know Dontavious was to love him," his mother said.

His father, Donald Wyman, said his son, nicknamed "Tate," was a well-known member of the marching band at T.W. Josey High School during the late 1990s.

The younger Mr. Wyman never graduated from high school, however. His parents said he occasionally worked as a brick mason alongside his father and was raising his 2-year-old son, Dontavious Jr., and 4-month-old daughter, Dontasia, with his girlfriend.

He planned to refocus on his education by getting his GED and then attending college, family members said.

"We see this as an unfortunate accident," said Debra Williams, an aunt.

Reach Dena Levitz at (706) 823-3339 or dena.levitz@augustachronicle.com.