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MURDER REPORT: Augusta Man Entered Wheeless Road Liquor Store & Shot at Victim

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A violent confrontation between two customers Tuesday morning at an Augusta liquor store have led to murder charges.

Frederick Orlando McNeal, 62, of Augusta, has been charged with murder and weapon possession in the death of 33-year-old Anthony Lee Flowers of Augusta. The incident took place at a liquor store at 2032 Wheeless Road, identified in a sign as “Corner Store” and “Sonny’s Package.”

Witnesses said the fight may have started with a request for a cigarette and a possible slap from Flowers. But authorities say McNeal escalated the violence by entering the store with a Taurus .357 Magnum revolver and firing at Flowers.

The pair then struggled over the weapon and more shots went off. During the struggle, Flowers was shot at least once in the side of his neck.

Flowers was rushed to Augusta University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 11:17 a.m. Tuesday, Coroner Mark Bowen said.

McNeal has only a minor criminal record in Richmond County, with a DUI in 2017 and a bench warrant in 2012. His new mugshot was not available at the time of this posting.

Note: If you have a photo of Anthony Flowers to share, please text it to 803-487-3224.

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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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