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Augusta teens accused of drive-by shooting on Stratford Drive

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Two Augusta suspects have been arrested in Monday’s drive-by shooting on Stratford Drive that was captured in a dramatic video.

Marquez Johnson, 17, and Jamesha Starr Atkins, 17, were charged Tuesday with three counts of aggravated assault and one count each of criminal damage to property and weapon possession. Johnson was also charged with felony theft by receiving stolen property.

The victim told authorities that Johnson drove by his residence in a white GMC Yukon and began shooting at the house, located on the 2900 block of Stratford Drive in the Brynwood subdivision. The 43-year-old resident said Johnson did the same thing on Sunday, shooting both of his vehicles “over a beef,” a report says. No one was injured.

This snapshot of a resident’s video shows the suspect vehicle driving on Stratford Drive on Monday night before the gunfire erupted.

In Monday’s shooting – captured on a resident’s camera and first posted to The Austin Rhodes Show Facebook page – at least 10 shots can be heard after the suspect’s vehicle stops in front of the house. The shooting left the victims Chrysler 200 with two bullet holes to the trunk. Also, a bullet went through the light pole in the yard and a living room window.

Investigators later realized the bullet that went into the living room traveled through the screen, glass, blinds and curtains, a sheriff’s report says. The gunfire entered the living room and continued through the dining room and stopped in a bedroom wall.

The suspect’s Yukon was located elsewhere, parked in the street at a location that was redacted in sheriff’s report.

Both Johnson and Atkins were detained and later charged in the incident. They are being held without bond at the Richmond County Jail.

Greg Rickabaugh is the Jail Report contributor for The Augusta Press. Reach him at [email protected] 

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