AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen confirmed 39-year-old Christopher Padgett was shot at least once in the chest and died on the scene. An autopsy is scheduled in Atlanta at the GBI Crime lab.
Sgt. Shane McDaniel said in a news release that deputies got the call around 10:49 p.m. Friday evening. When deputies arrived on the scene, they found two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. The first victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The second victim sustained a gunshot wound to the torso and was transported to Georgia Regents Medical Center for treatment.
Deputies said the suspect is 62-year-old Rickey Smith and he is in custody. Smith is being charged with murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
This is the second homicide of the year for Augusta.