(ARREST INFO BELOW) Two people are dead after a triple shooting in Augusta on Monday night and persons of interest are in custody, authorities said.
Jerald Carter Jr., 17, of Augusta (left picture), and Ian Roberts, 21, of Augusta, were both shot to death Monday night.
According to authorities, deputies were called at 8:15 p.m. Monday to Ethan Way at Mathews Court in reference to a shooting. Three victims were shot. One person was injured and two died from the shootings, Roberts dying on the scene and Carter dying at GRU hospital.
“The original incident was related to the second incident. Persons of interests are being held at this time,” sheriff’s Sgt. Monica Belser said in a press release.
Both victims died from at least one gunshot wound, Coroner Mark Bowen said in a press release. Autopsies are scheduled for Thursday at the GBI Lab in Atlanta.
WRDW-TV is reporting that deputies don’t believe the public is in danger and these incidents are isolated.
UPDATE WITH ARREST INFO:
Press release from the sheriff’s office:
On November 10, 2014 at approximately 8:13 p.m.., the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office received a call to Ethan Way at Matthew Court in reference to shots fired and a subject being struck. While en route to that call, responding Deputies were flagged down on Isaac Lane, in reference to a second subject being shot. During this time, the Sheriff’s Office also received a call to the 3600 Blk. of Jonathan Circle in reference to a third person being shot. Upon further investigation, it was learned that all three subjects were shot at the Ethan Way and Matthew Court location.
Ian Roberts (21yoa B/M from the 2100 Blk. of Lisa Lane) was shot at least one time and succumbed to his injuries there at the scene. Ronnie Johnson (21yoa B/M from the 1900 Blk. of Kings Grant Drive) was shot at least once in the left leg and fled the scene to Isaac Lane. Johnson was later transported to GRU’s ER where he was treated and later released to Investigators. Jerald Carter Jr. (17yoa B/M from the 2200 Blk. of Winston Way) was also shot at least once while at Ethan Way at Matthew Court. Carter taken from the scene to the 3600 Blk. of Jonathan Circle where he was transported to GRU’s ER by EMS where he later succumbed to his injuries.
The investigation revealed that (2) groups met at Ethan Way at Matthew Court for the purpose of completing a drug transaction when an altercation ensued and shots were fired.
- Ronnie Johnson is being charged with Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime.
- Jerald Studemire (17yoa B/M from the 2500 Blk. of Cross Creek) is being charged with Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance Act and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime.
- Joseph Crawford (27 yoa B/M homeless in Augusta) is also being charged with Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance Act.
- All subjects are currently in custody at Charles B. Webster Detention Center