Recent shootings sign of growing gang violence in Richmond County, police say | The Augusta Chronicle

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Recent shootings sign of growing gang violence in Richmond County, police say | The Augusta Chronicle

Authorities say they fear that the recent slaying of a teen points to growing gang violence in Augusta.

Gang graffiti was spray-painted at the intersection of Lofwood Drive and Brookshire Road. Investigators estimate that Richmond County has about 30 gangs.

Marquez Eubanks, 19, died after being shot at a house party on E. Kensington Drive on July 18. Two other men were wounded.

The man police arrested in the homicide, Dijon Cortez Abbott, 19, is a member of the south Augusta gang 23’rd, which is warring with another gang called 6Hunna or 600. Police also linked Abbott and seven other boys between 17 and 19 years old to a street shooting outside a house party on Thames Drive on June 29 that they also called gang-related.

Lt. Jason Vinson, who worked with the FBI’s gang unit before coming to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, said shootings related to gang activity have become more frequent, escalating quickly from physical fights to gunfire.

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