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Augusta Man Known for ‘Thumbs Up’ from Wheelchair is Shot Dead in Street!


The man known for giving people “thumbs up” while back-pedaling in his wheelchair was shot dead Tuesday in Augusta’s latest homicide.

Michael Gentry, 60, was shot around 6 p.m. Tuesday on Fenwick Street, the street where he lives, Coroner Mark Bowen said in a press release. No arrest was announced.

36224421 10155214720086895 5262353042417647616 NFacebook reaction was instant, with one Harrisburg neighbor posting a controversial photo of the victim laying dead in the street next to his wheelchair. Sheriff’s deputies and an ambulance are seen nearby with nothing covering the body.

“For those who have been to First UPC, this was the man the back pedaled in his wheelchair while giving thumbs up,” said Albert Ramirez.

Chikiya Mack said: “So sad. This is right around the corner from my aunt’s house. Every time I passed him when I was in Augusta, he would give me a thumbs up and I would give one back. RIP.”

Matt Lemacks said: “Wannabe gangstas running around with guns suped up on rap music shooting people in wheelchairs.”

By 9 p.m. Tuesday, the sheriff’s office had not announced an arrest or issued a statement in the murder beyond what the coroner said.

Note: If you have a better photo of Michael, please text it to The Jail Report at 803-487-3224.

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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. Mike visited my Sunday School Class at Curtis on Broad. I wheeled him down to the Church where pastor Mark Sterling Shook his hand and welcomed him to Curtis. When the alter call came I went to the Alter to pray for our city and our world and he had hopped up and was praying at the alter too. You can never tell when your time is up so don’t wait to give your heart to Jesus…

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