Man's body found shot in his vehicle

Family members of an Augusta man who was fatally shot Friday struggled to make sense of their loved one's death as Richmond County investigators canvassed the area around the Augusta apartment complex where his body was found.

The body of Tollie Mitchell, 29, of the 2400 block of Ruby Drive, was found at about 4:15 p.m. in his black Honda Accord at Regency Square Apartments near Regency Mall in south Augusta. Mr. Mitchell had been shot at least one time in the neck, Richmond County Sgt. Calvin Chew said.

An autopsy has been scheduled at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Atlanta to determine the cause of death, Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen said.

Mr. Mitchell's cousin, Sheela Norman, had just arrived on the scene when she was told the news. She said the man everyone knew as "T.C." had been released from jail a few weeks ago.

"I've only seen him a few times since he was home," Ms. Norman said. "We would have never expected this."

Police have not yet identified any suspects, according to Sgt. Richard Roundtree. They are now offering a reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for his death.

Mr. Mitchell's slaying marks the 10th in Richmond County this year.

Anyone with information should call the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1080.

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.