AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Richmond County deputies are investigating a deadly shooting on Old McDuffie Road that now has people who live on the street worried about their safety.
These neighbors say they have exhausted their resources through the city of Augusta and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and say they don’t know what else to do about all the criminal activity that happens along this road. With a school nearby and kids being out for summer something has to change.
“We hear a big crash noise and my mother yelled and said somebody just hit your car,” said Amber Rogers, a resident of Old McDuffie Road.
The Tuesday morning deadly shooting that took the life of 38-year-old Marcus Scott is nothing new to Rogers and many of her neighbors on Old McDuffie Road.
“Shooting by here on Old McDuffie Road…about once a month,” said Paul Hobbs, a resident of Old McDuffie Road.
“We just had the recent shooting where they dropped the guy’s body off right here at the corner,” Rogers said.
Rogers says the victim’s car ended up going through her neighbors fence and hitting the side of her car parked in her family’s driveway. After immediately calling 911, she says she noticed two people fleeing the scene.
“I just immediately came back into the house because I didn’t know exactly if they had any weapons or they were still coming after anybody,” Rogers said.
Many neighbors decided to start a petition to get lights put up along Old McDuffie Road but they were told by the city of Augusta if they wanted them they had to pay for them out of their own pockets.
“And I feel as if we shouldn’t do that because this road is a road that is a public trans-way that everybody uses,” Rogers said.
The longtime resident strongly believes more lighting could cut back on the crime and prevent many of the car crashes.
“It’s just pitch dark out here. If you don’t know the road you would not know exactly where to go,” she said.
For now, most of the neighbors have agreed to keep a close community watch. As far as the lighting issue, they have also agreed to keep their porch lights on at night.
At this time no one has been arrested in connection to the shooting, but the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating.
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