3 injured in Downtown Augusta shootout as gunman opens fire into crowd

The GBI is now investigating a shooting that happened in Downtown Augusta early Saturday morning.

Richmond County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the shooting at around 1:13 a.m. at 10th and Broad Street.

Deputies said at least two men were engaged in a shootout near a crowded sidewalk of a nightclub in the area. One of the men was reportedly using an assault rifle and shooting into the crowd of fleeing bystanders.

That suspect was struck by the responding deputies at least once. He was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The other suspected shooter is at-large.

As backup arrived to the scene, two more victims were found suffering from non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called to investigate, as is standard protocol any time a Georgia officer discharges their weapon. The deputies involved were placed on paid administrative lead.

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The Richmond County sheriff said he could not comment on the ages or identities of those involved as it is an ongoing investigation.

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