Shooting suspect briefly escapes deputies, jailed

Marcus Sims, 23, was arrested and charged for shooting in Augusta Wednesday morning.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Richmond County investigators want to know more about a shooting that took place in Augusta this morning. It was an eventful day that started with people in the neighborhood hearing gunshots and ended with deputies chasing a man many named as the culprit.

Lt. Allan Rollins, the Sheriff’s Office’s Public Information Officer, told NewsChannel 6, “There were witnesses around who said there had been some shooting.”

An intense day for a few deputies responding to a shooting with no shooter in sight.

“Before it was over with somebody came up and told us that they had been shot at,” Lt. Rollins said.

As deputies questioned witnesses, the hunt was still on for who pulled the trigger that morning on the block. We spoke with the homeowner who lives in the middle of where all the action took place.

Vinni DePirro, Pastor of Faith Works Ministry, said, “I understand a young lady came out here and revealed who it was. That’s a good thing. It’s really time that we stand together and stand up if things are going to change and be held solid around here.”

As investigators did their job the community did theirs too making sure officials knew who the troublemaker was. And though he escaped from deputies while in cuffs, they chased him down and put him back in their car.

“We’ve got a good neighborhood here,” Pastor DePirro said. “We’re trying to revitalize it and regenerate it. A lot of people around the corner have their children here who attend home school. We’ve got children here 24/7. Even the people who don’t proclaim to be Christians in the neighborhood, they want to be able to live in peace without the threat of gunfire.”

DePirro said he’s a pastor offering prayer weekly along with natural and spiritual food because he wants change to happen.
And he feels it will start now that this man is being questioned by authorities.

“It just goes to show that people really want to become involved and want to help the police and we’re appreciative of that,” Rollins said.

He added that Sims faces charges of Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.  Anyone with any other information on this case or any information on Sims is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 821-1080 or 821-1020.

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