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Augusta Victim Found Shot to Death Outside Restaurant, Marking 3rd Homicide in a Week


Richmond County recorded its third homicide in the last five days with a shooting death early Monday on Old Savannah Road.

A passing motorist saw the latest shooting victim around 7:20 a.m. Monday on the 1900 block of Old Savannah Road and notified the sheriff’s office.  The victim was shot at least one time and pronounced dead on the scene at 7:58 a.m., Coroner Mark Bowen said. His name will be released after his family is properly notified, the coroner said.

The homicide follows two others that have occurred in Richmond County over the last five days:

  • JaJuan Russell, 21, of East Chapman Street, was fatally shot on Easter morning on the 3700 block of Oslo Road. He was taken to Augusta University Medical Center by EMS where he was pronounced dead at 1:14 a.m. Sunday, Bowen said. No motive was given, but his death came less than 48 hours after he was released from jail after being locked up for five days on charges of beating up his child’s mother in front of two children.
  • Brandon Peebles, 24, was shot Thursday morning on the 2300 Block of Prague Court, in the Barton Village community of Augusta. The victim was rushed to Augusta University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 11:23 p.m. the coroner said. Authorities say the victim had been shot in the upper torso.

No arrest or suspect was announced in any of the homicides. Richmond County has recorded 10 homicides so far this year.

A balloon release is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday to remember Russell.

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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.
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