Man shot, killed this morning

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009 5:42 AM
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A 27-year-old Augusta man was fatally shot this morning on Gordon Highway in what is believed to be a robbery attempt.

Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen identified the victim as Anthony Michael Edwards, of the 3300 block of Kenny Road.

The shooting took place about 12:40 this morning in the old Winn-Dixie parking lot at 1755 Gordon Highway, Mr. Bowen said in a news release.

Mr. Edwards and his girlfriend had pulled into the parking lot with possible car trouble, he said, when they were approached by at least one person who tried to rob them.

Mr. Edwards was shot at least once and pronounced dead at the scene at 1:20 a.m. His body will be sent to the GBI – Augusta Lab for an autopsy later today.

Investigators are searching for a man described as black, 18-25 years old, 170-200 pounds, who wore a dark hooded top with his face concealed, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (706) 821-1080.

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wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 12/15/09 - 06:54 am
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Honest citizens should arm

Honest citizens should arm themselves when venturing into high crime areas.Your gun should be like your credit card-never leave home without it.

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omnomnom 12/15/09 - 07:02 am
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before anyone asks...

before anyone asks... "Investigators are searching for a suspect described as a black male, 18-25yoa, 170-200lbs, last seen wearing a dark hooded top with his face concealed." That should only narrow the suspect down to oh, 20-30 thousand people. We're going to need a larger lineup room. Such a senseless crime.

BamaMan
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BamaMan 12/15/09 - 07:04 am
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Here again why we left

Here again why we left Richmond County

Dixieman
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Dixieman 12/15/09 - 07:07 am
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An armed society is a polite

An armed society is a polite society

nofrills
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nofrills 12/15/09 - 07:13 am
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You as an american have a

You as an american have a right to carry a firearm. I not sue if a gun would of helped but it sure would of even the sides. I made my wife take a gun course and now she is just as capable of backing me up in a crime like this.

nofrills
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nofrills 12/15/09 - 07:15 am
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You as an american have a

You as an american have a right to carry a firearm. I not sure if a gun would of helped but it sure would of even the sides. I made my wife take a gun course and now she is just as capable of backing me up in a crime like this

PatrickDanicant
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PatrickDanicant 12/15/09 - 07:17 am
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The shooter's bandanna was

The shooter's bandanna was red if that helps.....

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 12/15/09 - 07:18 am
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This sucks, another murder.

This sucks, another murder. Life is cheap I guess.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 12/15/09 - 07:24 am
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Most dark parking lots in

Most dark parking lots in South Augusta and East Augusta are dangerous unless your boys "occupy" them. There are plenty of places in the Augusta area not to "pull over for car trouble" (or even be near.) Most people are aware of them, but the young always feel bulletproof. This man found out different.

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pointstoponder 12/15/09 - 07:35 am
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Depending on the nature of

Depending on the nature of the car trouble, driving to another location may not have been an option. The article doesn't give that information.

belle
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belle 12/15/09 - 07:56 am
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There you all go
Unpublished

There you all go again....jumping to conclusions. Why wasn't the girlfriend shot? How long had they been there-what are the odds some guy with a gun was lurking in the parking lot waiting for someone to stop in that parking lot? Odds are better that it was a drug deal gone bad or a set up by the girlfriend. Wait until you have a few FACTS.

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humbleopinion 12/15/09 - 08:11 am
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This story sounds fishy to

This story sounds fishy to me. Could it have been a drug deal gone bad????? Nahhhhh, THAT never happens in Augusta.

Ushouldnthave
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Ushouldnthave 12/15/09 - 08:13 am
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Belle, your odds of being

Belle, your odds of being robbed in South Augusta are a thousand times greater than being in a "movie of the week" plot. Your imagination runs wild this morning. Danger lurks outside the green zone.

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crackertroy 12/15/09 - 08:14 am
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belle is right, there is no
Unpublished

belle is right, there is no telling how this went down. Either way it's very tragic. Thoughts and prayers go out the young man's family.

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ionlyknow 12/15/09 - 08:45 am
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If the story is correct it is

If the story is correct it is a sad sad day here in Augusta. When you can not even break down without getting shot. Do I have to arm my 18 year old daughter, my wife?

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Riverman1 12/15/09 - 08:58 am
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Isn't there a Sheriff's

Isn't there a Sheriff's substation pretty close to that location?

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stillamazed 12/15/09 - 08:59 am
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You probably do ionlyknow,

You probably do ionlyknow, that is the sad reality, my daughter has already asked for a gun and she is 19, but she is affraid so after we get her some shooting range and gun safety classes we are planning on trying to get her one, if not a gun then something to defend herself. That's the world we live in now...

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nelsonhargrove 12/15/09 - 09:01 am
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5:oo, before you get her one,

5:oo, before you get her one, make darn sure she is willing to use it, I would hate to see it get used on her!

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Just Another Day 12/15/09 - 09:14 am
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Just Nuts4="Another prime

Just Nuts4="Another prime example of the AWM trying to put the you know who in a bad light. Why must all these crimes be printed? Those victims were probably there for more than car trouble. I will chain myself to this Winn Dixie and go on a hunger strike to show my disdain for this article and humanity. Great country eh?"

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skelly7483 12/15/09 - 09:14 am
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When are we going to start

When are we going to start executing all these punks. I am sick of this. Not racist, but its always a black male. Someone explain to me why? Ship them back to Africa and the problems solved. I hate it, but its true. 95% of our prison population is black. Most of them act like thugs. Burn the projects and ghettos of the world and destroy the thugs and killers!

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LEO 12/15/09 - 09:15 am
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I'm inclined to believe it

I'm inclined to believe it was a drug deal that turned into an armed robbery. Too many all-familiar factors involved here: late hour, broken down vehicle, in a known drug area, etc. I would like to know if anything was taken and what the girlfriend's exact statement was. Also, was the vehicle impounded as evidence, left at the scene or did someone drive it home? I love it when the AC leaves questions like these unanswered - it certainly keeps the public on edge and perpetuates the notion of crime-ridden south Augusta.

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UncleStrom 12/15/09 - 09:16 am
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belle, if you had listened to

belle, if you had listened to the hysterical girlfriend in the background as the deputy was calling in on the radio with the report of the fatality while he was trying to calm her down enough to get a suspect description you'd probably drop the "she set him up" notion.

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UncleStrom 12/15/09 - 09:18 am
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LEO, she was so upset she was

LEO, she was so upset she was unable to give coherent statements. Listen for yourself or call unit 411 and ask him yourself.

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502.5 12/15/09 - 09:21 am
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So what happened to the

So what happened to the girlfriend? Is she o.k.?

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SPIN 12/15/09 - 09:26 am
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@ skelly yall should have

@ skelly yall should have left us where we were.. but since yall couldnt do that you have to live with your mistake

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nelsonhargrove 12/15/09 - 09:27 am
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Uncle, that still does not

Uncle, that still does not negate the fact it could have been a drug deal gone bad--most of the indicators point that way.

Just Another Day
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Just Another Day 12/15/09 - 09:27 am
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I feel like getting robbed

I feel like getting robbed tonight. Anybody wants to take a walk with me on the riverwalk tonight?

UncleStrom
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UncleStrom 12/15/09 - 09:33 am
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502.5, she was not physically

502.5, she was not physically harmed. Emotionally is another story...

belle
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belle 12/15/09 - 09:36 am
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Uncle Strom, if you had READ
Unpublished

Uncle Strom, if you had READ my comment then you would understand I was trying to make the point that we should not guess at or assume what occurred here because it could have been anything. Leo is correct..."I love it when the AC leaves questions like these unanswered - it certainly keeps the public on edge and perpetuates the notion of crime-ridden south Augusta." Just including a small detail like how long they were in the parking lot would clarify things. As for your comment..."if you had listened to the hysterical girlfriend in the background as the deputy was calling in on the radio with the report of the fatality" ...where would I have heard that? Are you sitting around listening to a police band radio? hmmmm...who's paranoid now?

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jbartley 12/15/09 - 09:39 am
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Everybody should learn how to

Everybody should learn how to use a gun and practice just so this does not happen to them! With this economy it will get worse.

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