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Woman Fatally Shot at Distribution Center in Downtown Augusta


CORONER UPDATE: Cynthia Wright, 43, of Augusta, was shot at 1150 5th Street and pronounced dead on the scene at 7:50 a.m. Tuesday. An autopsy is scheduled.


A woman was fatally shot Tuesday morning at a production facility in downtown Augusta, the third Richmond County homicide in four days.

    The sheriff’s office responded at 6 a.m. to the 1100 block of 5th Street in reference to a shooting.  Deputies located a female who was shot at least one time. The Coroner’s Office has responded and the victim was pronounced deceased on the scene.

“There is no suspect information at this time,” sheriff’s Sgt. William McCarty said.

While the sheriff’s office did not give a specific address, crime scene tape is draped around the parking lot of the Union Agener Distribution Center in Augusta. Officers were seen standing in the loading dock of the facility.

“This incident is being investigated as a homicide,” Sgt. McCarty said.

According to the company website, Union Agener Animal Health is a biotechnology unit dedicated to animal health. The Augusta plant was acquired in October 2018 by Fernando de Castro Marques, a majority shareholder of União Química, one of the largest groups in the pharmaceutical industry in Brazil.

The unit has state-of-the-art technology and produces, on a large scale, Posilac product used to increase milk production. The product is marketed globally under the trademarks Posilac and Lactotropin. This factory complex is FDA certified, having the product present in 22 countries, including the USA.

This marks the third homicide in Richmond County in four days.

Nakendrick Dewayne Glover, 29, was fatally shot early Saturday inside a home on Vanderbilt Circle, around the corner from Pendleton King Park. No suspect has been announced.

On Sunday afternoon, Donald Lenell Gross, 61, allegedly killed 48-year-old Samuel Dewayne Jackson outside the Circle K and Red Shark restaurant on Tobacco Road.

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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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