Originally created 07/27/06

Drive-by shooting kills man, 21



An Augusta man was killed Tuesday in an apparent drive-by shooting at a south Augusta subdivision.

Marcus Tyrone Harris, 21, of Long Creek Lane, was pronounced dead shortly after midnight Wednesday by Deputy Richmond County Coroner Charlena Graham.

The shooting occurred at about 11 p.m. at a residence in the 2200 block of Ramblewood Drive.

As of Wednesday afternoon, police had not made any arrests, Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Calvin Chew said.

"We have some leads and are continuing to look into this," he said.

The shooting did not appear to be gang-related, Sgt. Chew said, although gang activity has surfaced in many south Augusta neighborhoods in recent months.

Mr. Harris' death occurred in the Pepperidge subdivision where the family of another recent homicide victim, 28-year-old Isaiah Randolf Selman, lives. Mr. Selman's burned body was found July 10 near a church on Old McDuffie Road, police said.

In Mr. Harris' case, police are looking for a black 1998 four-door Mitsubishi Mirage.

Witnesses told police Mr. Harris was on his way to their house to visit them.

"They heard a shot, looked out the window, saw the car and saw him laying in the front yard," Sgt. Chew said.

Mr. Harris died of a single gunshot wound. A 9 mm handgun was used, Sgt. Chew said.

Anyone with information about the case should call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at (706) 821-1080.

Reach Timothy Cox at (706) 823-3217 or tim.cox@augustachronicle.com.