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2 Dead in Shootout in Augusta; Drug-Related


(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.

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
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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.


  1. are the authorities out of their minds? Since when do bullets flying not put the public in danger? Quit letting people out of jail early if they commit gun crimes and violent crimes!!!! This gets worse not better!!

  2. Shootings that result in loss of life is a reason for the public to be concerned. It shows a lack of respect withholding information as to the cause of these shootings. It is very clear that these shooting are the cause of gang retaliations. Richmond county really need to stand up and stop these retaliations before they start to involve more people. Why are yall with holding public information anyway>

    • I don’t think they’d withhold gang retaliations. Smh. Perhaps it was a domestic dispute and that’s why, since they have the shooters in custody, it’s being handled the way it is. Granted you have the vital part, two young boys were shot and killed. Don’t need to feed any further to the nosey people.

      • Its not being intrusive. Its called being aware. I am a psychology and law major and I analysis trending crimes in the area. There are people like my self as well as our news reporters who research crime and get out the information that is considered to be public. The fact that our mortality rate is increasing the silence need to end. We are entitled to know what is going on when there is any loss of life. We are not asking what evidence they have, we are only asking for a specific reason for these shooting not a motive. We can have a healthy debate all day. But I am entitled to know what I asked and so are you!!!!

          • I’m get the point i was making.I am not going to entertain your critics and spelling lessons or anyone else have a good evening a happy new years. this post is how old? I am on to other news next chapter catch up or step aside.

      • they dont have The shooter in custody. They have a person of interest which is short for “suspect”. They are not considered to be shooter until charges have been brought forward and they have went through the guilt and innocent phase.

  3. The Roberts family knew about the lifestyle their child Ian Roberts lived. Guilt will eat away at their mental status Irvin Roberts (Father). and Marcia Morris Roberts(Mother). You had the opportunity to make a difference. Why haven’t you all spoke positive things about your son Ian Roberts? You can barely find a decent picture and positive words to say about your child. Four kids and not one graduated. Innocent kids losing their life over pocket change drug deals.

  4. Irvin Sr. when you hurt people behind closed doors be careful because the pain you caused others can come back to you 100x more…….to you Ex….Wife she called others a PSYCHO……Hopefully this lost don’t turn you to a PSYCHO!

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