AUGUSTA — A 29-year-old man is dead after he was shot in the parking lot of Teleperformance Thursday evening.
Investigators say Randy Ramos worked at the call center and was leaving work when he was approached by two men.
Witnesses say there was an argument, shots were fired and the men took off in a car.
“There was a third person that was driving the car. We are actively looking for all three people in this automobile, so if anybody has any information, we would be glad to take the information. All they have to do is call Richmond County dispatch,” Lt. Allan Rollins said.
Rollins says thanks to the media and the public, deputies were able to find the vehicle.
Investigators are sweeping it now for any evidence that will lead them to the suspects.
Rollins says the sheriff’s office still doesn’t know why the three men were in the parking lot in the first place, or why they shot Ramos.
“We are actively doing the investigation. We are reviewing all of the videos. We’re going to go through all of the videos around here that we can get our hands on. We do have one video from this parking lot, of the car in the parking lot, and we have a shot of it,” Rollins said.
Teleperformance is an outsourcing company that specializes in customer service. The Augusta location is right next to Virginia College and a church. It’s also across the street from the Augusta Mall.
The business sent us this statement about the shooting:
“We have lost a friend and a valued member of our team under circumstances which have shocked and saddened us all. The full facts of this incident remain unclear and we are completely cooperating with the proper authorities as they continue their investigation. Our primary goal has been, is and will continue to be the safety and well-being of our employees and visitors at all times and everywhere in the world.
Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are with Randy’s family, friends and our colleagues who knew him best. We have arranged grief counseling to assist our Augusta employees through this difficult time.
We also want to thank all law enforcement and all first responders for their professionalism and valiant efforts to save Randy’s life and everyone else who did assist or continues to assist in this matter.”
Meanwhile, investigators say the public shouldn’t fear because they don’t believe this was a random crime.
“From what we have been told so far, it was him specifically that they came looking for. That’s what were going on,” Rollins said.
The sheriff’s office says the three suspects are considered armed and dangerous.
Unfortunately, they do not have a good description of the men at this time.
If you know anything about this murder, please call the sheriff’s office at 706-821-1000.