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Liquor Store Shooting is Year’s 1st Murder in Augusta


An Augusta man was fatally shot outside a liquor store on Monday, marking the year’s first homicide.

James Sims IIINo arrests have been made in the slaying of 34-year-old James J. Sims III of Augusta (pictured). He was shot outside Kissingbower Package Shop about 5:21 p.m. Monday, according to Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose.

“Sims was shot at least one time in the torso,” Boose said in a press release.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Monica Belser released this statement: “We are at the scene of a shooting with a fatal injury at 1773 Kissingbower Rd. The Kissingbower liquor store.   The case is very early on and what led to the shooting is under investigation.  But deputies received a call of shots fired and upon arrival they discovered a b/m victim laying outside of the building on the north side of the property.  It doesn’t appear the business is directly involved at this point.”

According to Facebook friends, the victim was known as “Mel.”

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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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