Shooting suspect is sought

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A fatal shooting Monday morning at a south Augusta nightclub was the result of an ongoing dispute between the victim and a man who police now say is his killer.

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Darion Antonio McNair

Richmond County investigators are seeking 18-year-old Darion Antonio McNair, who is charged with murder and possession of a firearm in the shooting death of Stedmund Fryer, also 18, according to a news release from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Officials at the sheriff's office said 150 to 200 people were on the dance floor at Club Super C's Lounge on Tobacco Road at 2:20 a.m. when Mr. Fryer was shot.

The two men were involved in an altercation just before the shooting, according to the release.

In the hours after the Mr. Fryer's slaying, shots were fired at an apartment belonging to Mr. McNair's sister in what investigators are calling a "cycle of violence.". An adult relative was in the apartment in the 800 block of Spruce Street at the time, but neither the sister nor her three children were there.

23-year-old Jordash Tanksley, is wanted for questioning in the case and is known to associate with Mr. McNair. No charges have been filed against him.

Both Mr. McNair and Mr. Tanksley have a long list of felony charges against them.

Mr. Tanksley served a two-year prison sentence in 2004 in connection with a felony theft conviction. He also has outstanding felony aggravated assault and weapons charges, the release said.

Mr. McNair was indicted in October on 19 counts, including aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and criminal damage to property in the first and second degree in connection with a July 2006 drive-by shooting at a Bahama Drive apartment complex. At the time, police said it was related to the gangs Sunset and O-Dub.

Police said Monday's incident does not appear to be gang-related and sheriff's Sgt. Richard Roundtree would not comment on any current affiliation between the suspects and gangs, instead referring to the department news release.

Both men should be considered "armed and extremely dangerous," the release said. Anyone with information on either of them can call the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1080.

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

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butterflygina
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butterflygina 07/11/07 - 09:28 am
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i am so tired of people

i am so tired of people asking where the parents are!!! yall don't know anything about most of these parents and too many assume they are not concerned, teen or welfare parents or that they are not in control. a parent can only do so much. only after spending several years consecutively in prison and seeing thier family come visit, crying when it is time to leave will some of these even realize what they have done, to not only themselves but to others. sadly, its a vicious cycle and a part of life all over the united states. just hope and pray that your loved ones don't become a part of it, either as victim or perpertrator.

butterflygina
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butterflygina 07/11/07 - 09:30 am
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another thing i am sick of,

another thing i am sick of, the majority of the time, they talking about a black person (missing, victim, wanted, whatever) they got a damn mug shot up there cause they already been in trouble with the law.

3572
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3572 07/11/07 - 09:32 am
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Yes there father travel out

Yes there father travel out of town with his job alot(truck driver and reserves (air force) but anytime he is in town they are at his house. But that is not a issue for me becuase as long as they are with me i know what's going on, i wish i could afford to home school them. A lot of time our children are around stuff that we dont approve of and its our place to stop that. I think that they should not be ignorant to the real world but at the same time i want to be the one to school them about it.

3572
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3572 07/11/07 - 09:32 am
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Yes there father travel out

Yes there father travel out of town with his job alot(truck driver and reserves (air force) but anytime he is in town they are at his house. But that is not a issue for me becuase as long as they are with me i know what's going on, i wish i could afford to home school them. A lot of time our children are around stuff that we dont approve of and its our place to stop that. I think that they should not be ignorant to the real world but at the same time i want to be the one to school them about it.

WorriedAboutOurFuture
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WorriedAboutOurFuture 07/11/07 - 09:32 am
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3572, you may think RAINDANCE

3572, you may think RAINDANCE is wrong or uninformed, but he obviously is not stupid. It's crass, boorish and common as dirt to call him that in a public forum such as this without any provocation or justification beyond your own opinion.

lena
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lena 07/11/07 - 09:33 am
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First of all I do not agree

First of all I do not agree with what the young lady said on freeman01. Not just black people are having children out of wedlock. White people are also. The difference is that they have money to hide the crimes that they do. We as parents can only raise our children the best way we no how and that is putting god first in their lives. Teaching the word of god and the way they should live their life. We need to stop critizing our youth and help them and teach them the way they should go. You have children that has a father in their life and still go out and commit crimes. So we need to get a grip on life and stop judging young people if we are not going to help them.

butterflygina
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butterflygina 07/11/07 - 09:35 am
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People have choices. Parents

People have choices. Parents should not be held accountable when their children make the wrong choices, such as the ones this young man may have made.

3572
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3572 07/11/07 - 09:38 am
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When he look AT all black

When he look AT all black women that have children and isnt married the same way thats STUPID. So should i label you because of your race or how many kids you have.

suwashi2003
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suwashi2003 07/11/07 - 09:43 am
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super C's is not a teen club.

super C's is not a teen club. And every one making coments about women having all these kids out of wedlock, needs to be quiet. You dont know these females situations, you dont even know if mcnair or fryer were living with their father. so if you dont know, you need to keep your comments to your self

WorriedAboutOurFuture
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WorriedAboutOurFuture 07/11/07 - 09:48 am
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3572, re: your comment at

3572, re: your comment at 10:38-- That isn't what he was doing at all. What he was seeking was a particular perspective that he, himself, admitted not understanding(ie, "...From those of us who are truly clueless...") Then he went on to list some of the things that one would expect to have brought about change, but which haven't. Please, go back and read his comment again with a slightly more open mind. (Then you might even retract what you have posted, which would be appropritate, IMO.)

3572
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3572 07/11/07 - 09:49 am
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And not only that to make a

And not only that to make a comment about a group of people is crass, boorishand common as dirt to call me less than a women in a public forum such as this also. I am talking from facts let me judge you on what i think and see how it make you feel. My kids are my pride and joy and for you to degrade me because i had 3 kids and we didnt get married is very low to me. Think about my feelings. Yes i still think that he is stupid to say what he said.

WorriedAboutOurFuture
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WorriedAboutOurFuture 07/11/07 - 09:54 am
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It's a public opinion forum,

It's a public opinion forum, SUWASHI, so that's what you get here: opinions. In this case, there are even some sincere questions. If you don't like it, well... It's not going to stop. Usually people just start getting huffy (as you have), and then really nasty, when they probably should just move on to something else in their day.

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RichmondCountyResident1 07/11/07 - 10:00 am
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Why is this an issue of black

Why is this an issue of black on black crime. This guy is a criminal committing his ultimate , hopefully his last crime.WAOF your 10.03 post comes closest to what I think happens far to frequently. As an black person I nor many people I know would not condone such grevious behavior.Latwon your comments does nothing , but feed your predisposed attitude.We the Augusta community have these problems and it is going to take all of us to reverse this cycle.As th old saying goes " any demon you do not destroy, will ultimately destroy you".

freeman01
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freeman01 07/11/07 - 10:01 am
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3572, no one attacked you

3572, no one attacked you personally. Do you agree that our people having kids out of wedlock is an issue in our community? Everyone makes mistakes in life, but it up to us to realize the mistakes that we have made and try to make our children not repeat our mistakes. I know it does sound harsh, but in many cases in our community when people become parents and are not mentally and financially ready it does cause poverty and poverty does cause crime and the cycle needs to broken.

3572
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3572 07/11/07 - 10:02 am
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Well only thing i want to say

Well only thing i want to say is everyone that is a single black women with kids please post. Then i will say that until you walk in my shoes because we all are different unil you can walk he my shoes then you wont understand. I have signed off for the day and so if you post i wont get it.

Signal Always
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Signal Always 07/11/07 - 10:04 am
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Freeman, I agree with

Freeman, I agree with everything you said with one exception. Poverty leads to crime. Aside from maybe theft, there is no evidence to prove this assertion. There was not a rapid increase in crime during the Great Depression. Out in the country, where poverty also exists, there still isn't a huge amount of crime. This problem has more to do with societal ills brought on by degraded morals that have inundated this country. It's the "gimme" and "gotta get mine" attitude that has plagued the inner cities. The glorification of "thug life" has been a bane on our society.

WorriedAboutOurFuture
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WorriedAboutOurFuture 07/11/07 - 10:05 am
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RAINDANCE didn't judge you,

RAINDANCE didn't judge you, 3572. He asked a question about how things happened. Calling him stupid was not the appropriate response. And I did NOT degrade you, if you had bothered to read my comments. I don't intend any insult, but your responses don't fit with what we actually wrote. We're saying "how does this work?" and "Some are heroic overcomers" only to have you respond with "You're stupid, and who are you to judge me?" Makes no sense to me.

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bone 07/11/07 - 10:09 am
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you're right, suwashi, i

you're right, suwashi, i don't know anything about the women having children out of wedlock. i'll make an assumption: these women wanted desperately to provide a stable family for children and couldn't wait to start. most women with multiple children probably do the best they can to make a good life for their children. the men who have been raised by single moms probably value women & see women as good parents. maybe this is the hidden problem: men aren't raised by single moms to see themselves as capable parents (since they don't have male role models). so it is up to the women to NOT have consensual sex out of wedlock without protection and up to the men to NOT impregnate a woman who isn't his spouse. simple enough, right?

bone
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bone 07/11/07 - 10:10 am
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3572, we appreciated having

3572, we appreciated having your enlightened commentary. hopefully you will come back and post again later.

LaTwon
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LaTwon 07/11/07 - 10:11 am
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rcr you are obviously too

rcr you are obviously too dumb to understand my point. why not learn english before you post again.

Signal Always
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Signal Always 07/11/07 - 10:11 am
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3572, after the first and

3572, after the first and second kid out of wedlock, what did you think was going to happen before the third? I'm not saying you have more responsibility than the male, but it is ultimately you that controls your womb, not the male. You, the female, are the one that gets pregnant. You, the female, gets to decide who has sex with you. So, what is it? Were you irresponsible? Didn't care? I mean, you're fertile, that's apparent. Maybe you should have given a second thought about the situation before opening your legs.

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nette142002 07/11/07 - 10:12 am
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Ya'll doing a lot of talking,

Ya'll doing a lot of talking, but who is really BOLD enough to try and make a change. None of us should be judging anyone because we all have a family member, who has been in a situation whether it was children out of wedlock, drug related, etc. We all need to pray and KEEP TRUST IN GOD.

KingJames
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KingJames 07/11/07 - 10:20 am
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Does anyone else have any

Does anyone else have any comments on this specific story, or will the discussion remain focused on unwed mothers? We don't know if any of the young men involved in this unfortunate incident had their fathers in their lives, so all of the talk about children born out of wedlock and vasectomies for men who father excessive amounts of children can be viewed as generalized dialog not necessarily related to the murder of Mr. Fryer. However, getting to the core of the problem of our angst youth is essential. Some would like to understand why black kids behave the way they do. Each situation is different, so grouping everyone who may have come from a single parent home in a rough neighborhood together is unrealistic and unrepresentative of all of the problems. There are those who actually live up to their responsibilities to themselves and their kids, and there are those who don't. Society as a whole, not just blacks, should come together to educate and encocurage these kids so that they won't feel as if they have to kill each other. Someone touched on it when they mentioned the social status of unwed mothers, but the problem goes deeper and will never be solved with just talk.

Signal Always
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Signal Always 07/11/07 - 10:23 am
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Yeah, Nette. I have a 38 Y/O,

Yeah, Nette. I have a 38 Y/O, crack-headed(literally) cousin who dropped out of school in 9th grade. He blames everyone but himself. Also votes Democrat. I have NO sympathy for him. He inherited 70K dollars when he turned 21 and blew it on partying. Major POS. Steals from his relatives, and won't get a job that was offered to him by the sheriff where I'm from, when he got out of jail, because it only pays 30K. So, he doesn't work. Just mooches off my enabling grandmother and his mother. No, I have NO sympathy for him. He's a leech.

Raindance
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Raindance 07/11/07 - 10:24 am
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Well, Bone and Worried,

Well, Bone and Worried, thanks for grasping what I tried to ask. And just for 3572's 411 - I am a GIRL. A MARRIED girl with twins that were NOT expected and nearly broke me. Which probably explains why I don't understand why another GIRL would put themselves in a life changing position such as child-rearing. Besides, LaTwon was the one that said "70% of black children were born out of wedlock.." Not sure the accuracy of that statistic, but who knows? It could be. What I was asking wasn't meant to seem insensitive, malicious, or better-than-you. I genuinely wanted to know WHY certain women think having a kid is acceptable when the only available lifestyles that welcome it are the ones without the benefit of TWO working, loving(married) parents that understand the importance of teaching their offspring sensible behavior. To the women who can hold a job, manage 3 kids, possibly by three different fathers, on their own, and STILL be able to etch a law-abiding, educated mark on their brains - fabulous, kudos to you. My questions were not for you. Jeez.
Ask a simple question, get nuclear defense.

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creamdogg55 07/11/07 - 10:30 am
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F*** Augusta! You cannot even

F*** Augusta! You cannot even go shopping there without some type of thug trying to rob you or break into your car. America needs to have laws like Singapore, Iran, and UAE; where if you commit a crime, you either get the death penalty or you get your hand cut the f*** off!

KingJames
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KingJames 07/11/07 - 10:35 am
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CONTINUATION FROM

CONTINUATION FROM 11:20...Everyone fails to realize that society as a whole suffers when one young man is killed by another young man. Both could have had promising futures that could have had a positive impact on the area, the state, the country, and even the world. Yes, they had been in trouble with the law before, but there is a possibility that one, if not both, could have changed for the better. What was missing? I can't say there was a problem in either home because I don't know. What was interjected? Influences from the streets and other people who probably say they cared, but probably only taught how to get over instead of how to go through. In short, blaming parents is not the answer. This comes back on society, and is society's loss. Society started contributing to the demise of this young man when it decided to allow certain activities that were not permitted back in the day. Now society asks, "what's going on?" Mr. Fryer may or may not have contributed the future success of the area, but now we will never know his potential because society allowed our youth to do whatever thug and hood culture dictated.

freeman01
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freeman01 07/11/07 - 10:37 am
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Creamdogg55, I agree with

Creamdogg55, I agree with you! With those laws America would be a safer place to live. Yeah, Augusta is a different place now. I am 29 years old and raised in Augusta and now when I come home, I do see the change. It seems like everybody wants to be a thug.

WorriedAboutOurFuture
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WorriedAboutOurFuture 07/11/07 - 10:38 am
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It's a family website,

It's a family website, CREAMDOGG (what kind of name is that?). How about cleaning it up a little?

KingJames
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KingJames 07/11/07 - 10:39 am
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Creamdogg55, they're talking

Creamdogg55, they're talking about the problems of Augusta Mall over in Rants and Raves!

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