41-year-old dies following Richmond County shooting; suspect arrested in Atlanta


RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) — One person is dead following a shooting in South Augusta early Sunday morning.

The victim is identified as Antonio Perry, 41, of Hephzibah. Robert Eugene Hale Jr. was arrested in connection with the incident. He was located and taken into custody in Atlanta just before 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 23.

Robert Eugene Hale Jr.

“Nothing happened the night before. We were all home. It was nice and quiet,” Jessie Scaggs told NewsChannel 6’s Shawn Cabbagestalk. “I woke up this morning and noticed there was a bunch of police cars right outside my fence. I don’t know what’s going on,” he added.

Authorities responded to the 1900 block of Wylie Drive off at around 4 a.m. after receiving reports of shots fired. Perry was shot at least once, according to Coroner Mark Bowen.

Richmond County Sheriff’s Officials along with the Crime Scene Unit were out trying to put the pieces of the crime puzzle together. “I saw one guy in the back of a patrol car but I’m not sure what happening,” Scaggs said.

He has lived in the area for more than a decade. He says that the neighborhood off of Lousiville Road is fairly quiet. “Everyone around here pretty much just keeps to themselves,” he recalls. But following other recent incidents, he decided to better protect himself and his family. “It’s scary it honestly is because I got a little 8-year-old girl and my grandmother lives here and I do the best I can to protect them. I went out and got a carry permit,” Scaggs added.

Meanwhile, Perry was transported to AUMC and was pronounced dead shortly before 6 a.m.

“The house [investigators are] at there’s not a whole lot of commotion over there. There’s a lot of cars over there all the time but as far as the people, I’ve never really seen them. Never had any issues with them,” he shared.

Authorities are now waiting for autopsy results from the GBI Crime Lab. “When stuff like this happens, the only thing that you can do is think about what you can do to protect your family from something like this happening so close,” he added.

If you have any additional information about the incident, contact Investigator Lucas Grant or any Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Investigator at 706-821-1020 or 706-821-1080.

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