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HEAR IT: Resident Records Sunday Morning Gun Battle in Hephzibah


   While many people attended Sunday morning church services, a furious gun battle was taking place in a Hephzibah neighborhood between two brothers and two men in a red Ford Mustang.

   And a resident recorded it. Hear the gun battle in this video:

   Deputies found 40 to 50 shell casings at the scene of the battle on Nuite Drive, which sits a third of a mile from Tires Plus on Tobacco Road.

   In the end, one of the brothers was shot in the right thigh and both siblings ended up in jail after the 10 a.m. gunfight left bullet holes in surrounding homes, cars and fences.

   Dezmond Blackwell, 24, of Hephzibah, and D’Shawn Hill, 20, of Hephzibah, were charged Sept. 12 with reckless conduct, criminal damage to property, and criminal trespass. Both have since been released, and the other man have not been arrested, according to jail records.

   The brothers said the other suspects, whom they named, had driven to their residence and began to shoot at them. The Mustang driver started to pull away, and they returned fire, according to a sheriff’s report. The Mustang allegedly stopped at Nuite and Woodlake drives and shot at them again, so they continued to shoot back.

   Blackwell was transported to Augusta University Medical Center for treatment. An investigation revealed that multiple rounds struck their residence, which was occupied by several people, including children. Along the street, a 2009 Dodge Ram, a 2001 Toyota 4Runner and a 2018 Toyota Corolla were riddled with bullets, and a nearby fence has multiple bullet holes.

   One lady was doing yard work when the shooting occurred. Another woman was standing outside her home on Woodlake Drive and witnessed the gunfight. Luckily, neither woman was hit by gunfire.

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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