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UPDATED ON 6: Pinnacle Place Shooting Suspect In Custody In Richmond County

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***UPDATED at 3:35 P.M. on Friday, August 9th***

Richmond County Deputies have charged 31-year-old James Clifton Tate, Jr. for allegedly shooting his girlfriend, Bertha Lopez.

Lopez was found shot on Wedesday around 5:30 p.m. at Pinnacle Place Apartments. She was transported to Georgia Regents Medical Center for treatment.

Tate has been charged with Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime.

Wednesday evening, we posted an incorrect mug shot that was received by the Richmond County Sheriff's Office with regard to the Pinnacle Place shooting. The currently posted mug shot is correct for James Clifton Tate, Jr.


***UPDATED at 10:14 P.M. on Wednesday, August 7th***

Wednesday evening, Georgia State Patrol apprehended James Clifton Tate, Jr. during a traffic stop somewhere near Atlanta. He is being transported to the Richmond County Jail.

Richmond County investigators say 35-year-old Bertha Lopez was shot by Tate, her boyfriend, inside of a south Augusta apartment after an argument between the two of them.

When deputies arrived at the apartment, they say they found Lopez with one gunshot wound. She was rushed to Georgia Regents Medical Center. Her condition is not known at this time.

Investigators say Tate fled the scene in his girlfriend's car. They say Tate was armed with a handgun.


***UPDATED at 6:33 P.M. on Wednesday, August 7th***

We are told the shooting that took place at Pinnacle Place Apartments Apartment G happened around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they discovered 35-year-old Bertha Lopez had been shot.

The suspect, James Clifton Tate, Jr. is still being sought.

We will continue to follow this story and provide the latest information as it becomes available.


***POSTED at 6:12 P.M. on Wednesday, August 7th***

WJBF News Channel 6 has received reports that there has been a shooting at Pinnacle Place Apartments, which is located on the 1600 block of Caldwell Drive, in Augusta.

We have a crew on the scene and we are told there is crime scene placed around the scene, and a Richmond County Sheriff's Office investigators confirms there has been a shooting.

We have learned the shooting is a result of a domestic dispute and that a suspect identified as James Clifton Tate, Jr. reportedly shot his girlfriend and fled the scene. We are told Tate was seen driving a 2009 gold Cadillac CTS with an Atlanta Falcons sticker on the back side, near the tag. The car's Georgia tag number is PFK3961. We are told Tate may change cars to a 2000 gold Buick Century with Georgia tag BLE2943.

The woman has been transported to Georgia Regents Medical Center. There is now word on her condition as this time.

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