Augusta River Region Crime Spree wave continues and causes local concern!


As the week began a string of shootings, stabbings and high speed car chases in the Augusta River Region, leave many concerned about what appears to be an uptick on in such behavior.

Here is a look at what has happened over the last three days including a Grovetown shooting that occurred today.

Monday 9/7

The Georgia State Patrol along with Warren County and Columbia County deputies were involved in a high speed chase Monday, September, 7th. The vehicle had a stolen tag from Aiken, South Carolina that belonged on a van and the vehicle was also stolen.

Upon giving chase, a state trooper performed what is known as a the trooper performed a PIT maneuver to help stop the truck. PIT maneuver which caused the vehicle to roll over and two men who were not wearing their seatbelts were ejected. Two other female passengers in the vehicle were restrained and were not thrown from the truck.

All four occupants were taken by ambulance to Doctors Hospital in Augusta.  

The driver of the vehicle identified as 54-year old Cleveland Hair of Augusta was released from the hospital and booked into the Columbia County Jail. He is facing multiple charges including Felony Fleeing, two counts of Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, Serious Injury by Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, No Seatbelt and Driving While License Suspended.

Tuesday 9/8

A Tuesday morning shooting in Blackville left one man dead. As of 12 hours ago police are still hunting for the suspect.

Shortly before 7:00 a.m., yesterday, EMT's rushed to the Corner Stop convenience store and according to reports it appears that a robbery turned into a homicide.

60-year-old Ashwinbhai Patel, the owner of the Corner Stop, was shot and killed. It was customer inside the store called 911 at 6:45 a.m.

The Patel family mourns this tragic loss, Blackville police and SLED are looking for the suspect. If you have any information call them immediateley.

Blackville Police Department: (803) 284-2333

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED): (803) 737-9000

Wednesday (Today) 9/9

The Grovetown Police Department has confirmed that one man is injured after an overnight shooting.

According to dispatch, the incident happened on Juneau Court in Grovetown, today between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Reports also says the victim called authorities saying he had been shot.

Officials from the Grovetown Police Department say the victim was transported to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries. 

The investigation is still ongoing as they are actively searching for a suspect at this time. 

No additional details have been released about the incident but we will keep you posted.

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