Three shootings in such a short time, in Richmond County, have caused a lot of people to question whether this is a sign of things to come. However, investigators say this is the most violence the city has experienced at one time in recent years. Also, it's part of a pattern that changes much like the seasons.
One by one, three shootings over two days nearly took a life and robbed the city of Augusta of its desired peace. Each incident bears its own set of circumstances, but Richmond County Sheriff's Office investigators say none points to a trend for the city.
Sergeant Shane McDaniel, of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, says "It's not something that happens every single weekend. We don't have four or five, six or seven shootings every weekend. This just happens to be this past weekend."
While the crime may be alarming, investigators say it doesn't point to a growing problem for any particular area. In fact, Sgt. McDaniel says there's no evidence pointing to a specific reason as to why this past weekend was more violent than others. "This is just a stint. This is just the weekend. It's just what happened. We can sit here and make excuses up all day long as to why this and this and this happened when in actuality we just had a spurt over the weekend," he says.
He doesn't expect this weekend's shootings to make a repeat. Instead, they will be replaced by other crimes that increase by seasons. "You've got school starting, once school begins, then you have Halloween, Thanksgiving then you run into the Christmas holidays and that's usually when we'll start seeing a lot more of your property crimes. Your vehicles that are broken into your houses being broken in to, we'll probably end up seeing a large number of armed robberies," explains Sgt. McDaniel.
According to investigators, as of right now, the weekend shootings do not appear to be gang-related.
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