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The shooting of a Richmond County sheriff's deputy and the shooting of two people Christmas Day -- both at Augusta nightclubs -- could be connected, sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry said.

Sgt. Elijah Parker was  shot outside an Augusta nightclub.  Special
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Sgt. Elijah Parker was shot outside an Augusta nightclub.

Investigators are trying to determine what happened about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday when Sgt. Elijah Parker was shot outside Soundtrack Supper Club, but narcotics might have played a role in both incidents, Maj. Autry said.

"We did get some indication early on that the two possibly could be related," he said.

Sgt. Parker, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, was shot once in the right side of his chest while escorting a man out of the club after breaking up a fight, police said. He was off-duty and working security outside the club on Laney-Walker Boulevard.

The deputy was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital for evaluation and has been released.

Corey Lee, 35, of Delmont Court in North Augusta, was arrested about an hour after the shooting during a traffic stop by Aiken County sheriff's deputies at Sand Bar Ferry Road and Cary Drive in Beech Island, according to Aiken County Lt. Michael Frank.

The shooting occurred roughly a day after two people were shot in the parking lot of Club Dreams on Washington Road. James Bernard McBride, of Mill Street, and Brandon Cooper Porter, of Shamrock Drive, remain stable at the hospital, police said.

Police charged four men -- Emanuel Sherman, of Sanders Road; Albert Itson, of Deans Bridge Road; Kedric Sherman, of Grovetown; and Calvin Sherman, of Silverdale Road -- with disorderly conduct for fighting at the club. They are still looking for suspects in the shooting, according to Sgt. Ken Rogers.

Maj. Autry said he couldn't say whether Wednesday's fight at Soundtrack Supper Club was in retaliation for the shootings at Club Dreams.

"I don't think we've done enough research to put a motive out there," Maj. Autry said.

He said that in the past, shootings took place at clubs because they were "places of opportunity" at which people with disputes encountered each other.

Mr. Lee is being held in the Aiken County Detention Center on his Richmond County charges and on an outstanding warrant from the North Augusta Public Safety Department for discharging a firearm into a dwelling.

Staff writer J. Scott Trubey contributed to this article .

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

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christian134
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christian134 12/27/07 - 08:10 am
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If the powers that be would

If the powers that be would pay our police the money they deserve then maybe they would not have to work so many after hour joints. To the judges and juries, put the pieces of trash away for good. More often than not they are let right back out to attempt to kill or to kill. If these demons will shoot police without hesitation then what do you think they will do to citzens?

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Brad Owens 12/27/07 - 08:26 am
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We need them at the clubs to

We need them at the clubs to take care of stuff like this. This deputy took a bullet that was meant for someone else. Maybe someone without a vest on. Thanks be to God he was not injured.

rmorris
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rmorris 12/27/07 - 08:54 am
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Stuff like this rarely

Stuff like this rarely happens at bars frequented by white patrons, only occasionally.

Every week we hear of stuff like this going on at bars frequented by black patrons.

By deductive reasoning, what does this indicate?

FedUp
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FedUp 12/27/07 - 09:15 am
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Send them all to Iraq! Let

Send them all to Iraq! Let them see what it's like to be shot at for a change!!! I bet MOST of them would straighten up. That would solve the overcrowding at the jails too!

WW1949
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WW1949 12/27/07 - 09:15 am
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That there are bad people

That there are bad people everywhere and especially at bars like these. Ride by the supper club late one evening and see the type people that go in there and you will see why this type of fight breaks out. Drunks everywhere and people leaning against their cars. A liquor store right next door. What do you think?

WW1949
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WW1949 12/27/07 - 09:20 am
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The Silver Bullett is

The Silver Bullett is probably as rough a bar as there is with patrons just as rough and just as drunk but you never hear about gun play. No decent white person would go there and I supect the same for Dreams and The Supper Club.

MJDW
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MJDW 12/27/07 - 09:27 am
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Who is paying the medical

Who is paying the medical bills of this deputy? The Club or us tax payers!! Give the deputies a pay raise so they can be at home raising their own kids!!!

WhiskyDick
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WhiskyDick 12/27/07 - 09:27 am
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No decent black person would

No decent black person would go there, either.

butterbrown
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butterbrown 12/27/07 - 09:37 am
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This is NOT about race. You

This is NOT about race. You people are crazy.

GuyIncognito
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GuyIncognito 12/27/07 - 09:40 am
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The cops working at the clubs

The cops working at the clubs off-duty yet still in uniform irks me. I've seen them drinking while in uniform and doing other things that an on-duty cop shouldn't be doing. Additionally, because they aren't on duty, they can't actually do any real police work, despite giving the impression that they are police. I have no problem with them working another job, but if they are off duty working security at a club, they shouldn't be wearing a police uniform, they should be wearing a club security shirt.

i.b.e.w..electric
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i.b.e.w..electric 12/27/07 - 09:54 am
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it is about race ,anytime you

it is about race ,anytime you have a large group of the black population in one area ,you are gonna have alot of crime .i live in a mixed nieghborhood and the only trouble we have comes from the black neighbors.i believe in true equality for all people but i also believe in having respect for each other ,if the black community felt the same way alot of racial problems we have would be alot easier to solve.

MS B
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MS B 12/27/07 - 09:56 am
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my goodmness, what have we

my goodmness,
what have we come too? this is not about race. if decent white folks as you say don't fight-thats a lie, but at any rate pray for the deputy. get together as a city and stand up for more money for these fine officers and stop seeing the glass half empty

GuyIncognito
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GuyIncognito 12/27/07 - 09:58 am
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I live in a middle class

I live in a middle class neighborhood in Columbia County and I have black neighbors. They don't commit crimes and they don't cause any trouble. Maybe its more about socio-economic status than about race. I'm pretty sure they haven't discovered a criminal gene any more than they discovered a bigot gene. Maybe the scientists just need to look in Augusta for the latter.

Good4the goose
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Good4the goose 12/27/07 - 09:59 am
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GuyIncognito .... A deputy

GuyIncognito .... A deputy working "off-duty" in a club has the same arrest powers as when he is working the streets. I thank God that Sgt. Parker was wearing more than a club security shirt.

KingJames
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KingJames 12/27/07 - 10:00 am
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You all like to fight about

You all like to fight about race too much...and you wonder why anyone with any sense will stay away from Augusta!

GuyIncognito
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GuyIncognito 12/27/07 - 10:05 am
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All I'm saying is they should

All I'm saying is they should not be in uniform, representing RCPD, when they are not on duty. If they are being paid by the club, to enforce the club's rules, they shouldn't be working in a uniform to serve and protect the public. I've seen them decline to do police work, such as filing a report or arresting an individual who assaulted someone next door, off the club grounds, because they weren't on duty. I am grateful that Sgt Parker was wearing body armor and I have no problem with him having his police issue body armor and sidearm with him off duty - but they shouldn't be wearing the grey and black uniform and police badge while they are being paid to do work for someone else.

justus4
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justus4 12/27/07 - 10:09 am
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Parker was smart to be well
Unpublished

Parker was smart to be well equipped and it probably saved his life. Much like soldiers, these guys' job will only get more difficult into the future. Violence in our culture is common due to televised war, constant referral to killing some bad guy around the world and our ability to have weapons. The commander-in-chief talks about "taking out" other leaders, Hollywood has an incessant obsession with violence and local ya-hoos can't get their arms around a cop being shot. Didn't the police last month get all the guns and gangsters off the street? What happened? We were told that all the bad guys were locked up. There are consequences for talking and acting tough, which establishes an environemnt for violence. In this case, knowing the dangers and being prepared payed off.

pointman73
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pointman73 12/27/07 - 10:15 am
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Thank G-d that Sgt Parker is

Thank G-d that Sgt Parker is okay. It's a shame the bad guy is okay too.

Support your local sheepdogs.

inside info
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inside info 12/27/07 - 10:19 am
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While he was paid by the bar

While he was paid by the bar that night, he was still subject to departmental regulations and Ga Law. I too work a bar "off-duty" to help ends meet. The news paper could have chosen a better phrase to use than "off-duty". When a Deputy is working extra-duty, be it the bars or deparment stores, he is "on-duty". It is not at the tax payers nickle. It is the business's expense. The deputies medical bills will be handled through the county health insurance (which the deputy pays) and through workmans comp. Can you imagine what some of these bars in Augusta would be like if they didnt have RCSO working overtime helping to keep the problems away.

GuyIncognito
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GuyIncognito 12/27/07 - 10:37 am
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Phillip8, thanks for helping

Phillip8, thanks for helping clear it up. This program is run through the city then? Do y'all still respond to things nearby or only on the bar's property?

Mario14
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Mario14 12/27/07 - 10:44 am
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Thank Goodness that Sgt.

Thank Goodness that Sgt. Parker is alright! Everyone in this nation should come together as a race to help get the thugs and bullies off the street. It takes everyone!!!! If it mean turning in your neighbors, relatives, or friends. We the good people are losing the battle.

wise
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wise 12/27/07 - 10:53 am
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GuyIncoqnito very well put

GuyIncoqnito very well put someone actually has an education on here. I agree it is a social not a race problem.........Who cares about the officer working at the club after hours? The problem is today’s youth white, black, pink or purple this type of behavior is glamorized in movies and music. Mix the "I do not give a F***" attitude with inexperienced drinking or drugs and the result will mostly like end in some type of violence (fighting, gunplay, robbery, rape, etc).

dani
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dani 12/27/07 - 11:00 am
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justus4..What happened? It

justus4..What happened? It is all the fault of Pres Bush, of course.

mastersmoney
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mastersmoney 12/27/07 - 11:26 am
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How did we turn an article

How did we turn an article about Sgt. Parker being shot into an article about race? Sgt. Parker was out working special duty to help pay bills, probably for christmas presents for his kids. Then he gets shot, whats that got to do with race? He is a black man, shot by a black man. As far as being off duty, a deputy is never off duty. He is wearing his uniform, working special duty, not to enforce the bar or clubs policy, but to uphold the law. It is against the sheriffs office policy for a deputy to enforce the clubs rules. That is why they have bouncers. He handles the rules, the deputy handles the laws. Maybe if all the complainers would give the deputies a raise every now and then, they wouldnt be out at 3:00 in the morning on thier day off trying to make 50 or 60 dollars. Stop complaining, start being thankful. Enough said!!!

bone
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bone 12/27/07 - 11:47 am
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rmorris, i have a feeling

rmorris, i have a feeling that white clubs in poor neighborhoods suffer their share of violence, too. your statement holds very little factual information, but does illuminate your racist thought process quite well for all to see.

cparker
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cparker 12/27/07 - 11:54 am
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rmorris what about the white

rmorris what about the white guy that burned down a club in Columbia, SC that caused the death of the North Augusta resident just last year? Five years ago a white guy was angry over a break up and set a night club on fire in NY killing nearly thirty people? Deductive reasoning suggests that white men don't shoot and kill people in night clubs, they just burn down the building and kill everyone inside. Why do fools give immorality a race, gender, or address? People are immoral, not just black people.

MyOpinion1
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MyOpinion1 12/27/07 - 12:23 pm
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Iraq sounds good FEDUP, that

Iraq sounds good FEDUP, that is where they need to go

rmorris
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rmorris 12/27/07 - 01:08 pm
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Comments are being removed

Comments are being removed because people notice things that are not considered to be politically correct. That is not helpful to solving problems. People cannot help but notice who is committing violent crime in Augusta.

SunDown
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SunDown 12/27/07 - 01:09 pm
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Justus... as usual I find

Justus... as usual I find myself disagreeing with you on virtually every point. First, I'm glad deputy Parker was well trained and well equipped, it saved his life. I'm sure if he was white you (being a racist) would have put him totally at fault. Violence in Augusta is prevalent primarily because of the breakdown of the nuclear family. Crime nation wide is prevalent because it is celebrated in so called "rap-music," movies, and television. Your gun control comments would happily take the guns out of my hands and put them in the criminal's hands. I pray that if I ever encounter anyone intent on doing me harm that I send them and 10 more just like them to the morgue. Maybe you will get lucky during the next presidential election and Hillary will be in charge for a while. I hope she is elected just for the entertainment value. I'm sure she will be willing to defend the nation only after talking to Bill-the-pervert, taking two or three polls, convering with her "girl-friend," and then deciding if it will somehow distract the nation from some curruption she is involved in. You liberal, hypocritical types make me physically ill.

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whynot2 12/27/07 - 01:19 pm
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Glad Sgt Parker is ok. Shame

Glad Sgt Parker is ok. Shame Deputies have to work so much to make ends meet. Still dont see why the ignorant folks arent just ignored on here. Stirring it up is what they want.

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