No charges filed in Hicks Street shooting


No charges will be filed in a fatal shooting that happened on Hicks Streets Sunday, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators spoke with 17-year-old Anthony Hampton, a person of interest in the shooting, and determined that he acted in self defense, according to the sheriff's office.

Willie Casey Jr., 17, died after he was shot outside an apartment in the 1700 block of Hicks Street.

Investigators have released Anthony Hampton and his mother, Michelle Hampton, who was also being questioned.


Richmond County investigators are looking for a man they say may have been involved in the shooting death of William Casey Jr., 17, that happened Saturday morning.

Anthony Hampton, 17, is wanted for questioning on the overnight shooting on Hicks Street.

Police are currently detaining his mother, Michelle Hampton, 53, on an investigative hold.

There are no current criminal charges filed for Anthony Hampton. Anyone with information on Anthony Hampton's whereabouts are asked to contact the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 706-821-1080.


Police confirmed that one man is dead after someone shot him in his Downtown Augusta apartment, Saturday morning.

"This is unreal that this is happening right next door to me," said Roger Owens who lives right next door.

Owens said he was sound asleep this morning when his dog began to bark.

"She let's me know when stuff goes on outside and she woke me up about 3 or 3:30 this morning. When I got up and went outside to see what was going on, I couldn't believe it," Owens said.

Richmond County deputies said they got the call early this morning about someone banging on the door of an apartment on the 1700th block of Hicks Street. That's where they found Owen's neighbor shot and took him to the hospital, where he died.  

Owens moved next door 3 years ago. He said he didn't know the victim but all the neighbors around here look out for one another.

"I've lived here for a while," said Owens. "I know a lot of people in this area and they're good people and they're just tired of other people, coming in trying to take over."

These outsiders are what prompted Owens to heighten the security around his house.

"When I moved in, I didn't have the first privacy fence, I didn't have the first gate. Stuff was a little rough back then, so now I got it. I got dogs - I got two dogs, as a matter of fact. If they get passed them, then they have to deal with me but I hope it doesn't ever go that far."

Owens said he hopes deputies find the person responsible for this shooting, and bring peace back to this neighborhood.