Augusta, Georgia

From the Augusta Chronicle of July 31, 2007

Store owner shoots suspect, police say

The brother of a man charged this month in a nightclub shooting was shot Monday morning by an Augusta merchant who said he caught the teen burglarizing his store.

Derrell Lamar McNair, 14, the younger brother of Darion Antonio McNair, is charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and burglary, according to Richmond County sheriff’s Investigator Brandon Beckman.

The older Mr. McNair has been charged with murder in a July 9 shooting at Club Super C’s Lounge on Tobacco Road, and remains in jail.

Police said Raheim Michael Badger, the owner of the F.A.M.E. clothing store on Wrightsboro Road, told them he was spending the night in the store because of recent burglaries.

At about 4 a.m. Monday, he said, he awoke to a crash in the front of the business and saw a figure, later identified as Mr. McNair, stealing clothes.

The burglar fired a handgun at the owner, who returned fire, Investigator Beckman said.

Mr. McNair was later found at University Hospital, where he had been dropped off for treatment of a gunshot wound, Investigator Beckmam said.

Police said they believe 23-year-old Jordash Tanksley, who has outstanding warrants for aggravated assault and carjacking in connection with a shooting this year, also was involved in the burglary.

He, too, is wanted for questioning in the Super C’s shooting that left 18-year-old Stedmund Fryer dead, Investigator Beckman said.

Mr. Tanksley’s father, Clarence Tanksley, 46, of the 2400 block of Madrid Drive,is also wanted for questioning.


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