RCSO Offers Reward in Unsolved Homicide Case

RCSO offers $1,000 reward for any information about River Ridge case

Augusta, GA- The search for an Augusta killer continues, and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is now offering a reward.

Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputies spent Tuesday afternoon passing out fliers near the River Ridge Apartment Complex downtown. Leon Hopkins Junior was shot and killed on Friday.

“They’re just saying we need to look out for each other and keep each other safe and everything,” said Hank Davis, who lives in River Ridge Apartments.

Davis was sleeping when the shooting happened early Friday morning in his apartment complex.

“I didn’t know what was going on, but my neighbor let me know that there had been a shooting, one person had died and another person had been shot,” said Davis.

The Augusta University student said since the shooting he’s felt uneasy about living in the area.

“I used to live on campus, but they knocked down the housing, so I moved here, but I will probably be moving back once housing reopens in the fall,” said Davis.

Investigators said they have received a number of tips, but no leads have panned out to find the killer of 19-year-old Leon Hopkins Junior.

“The people involved did not know why they were targeted, they were surprised by the person that came out, and the incident happened very quickly and was over in a matter of seconds,” said Lt. Blaise Dresser with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said it’s putting extra attention on this investigation because a shooting like the one that happened on Friday isn’t something that happens in this complex.

“I am not familiar with this happening in the last few years here,” said Dresser.

Now, the department is offering a reward for up to $1,000 for any information in the case.

“By passing out these fliers, hopefully, we will drum up some interest and the community talking about it again,” said Dresser.

Since the shooting, the sheriff’s office said it has increased police presence in the apartment complex on 13th Street, and neighbors said they are stepping up to watch out for one another.

If you do have any information in this case, please call the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. People who come forward will remain anonymous.

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