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Thomson man, 32, is charged in Richmond County shooting

A 32-year-old Thomson man was taken into custody by Richmond County authorities in connection with a shooting in Augusta.

Kevin Wayne Self was charged last week with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to Richmond County Sheriff's Office jail records.

Mr. Self is accused in a shooting that occurred Aug. 22 shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Shelby Drive.

Two men, both described as white, in a blue and gray Chevrolet pickup, reportedly pulled into a driveway on Shelby Drive, got out and shouted racial slurs at a black family, authorities said.

After being confronted, one of those men pulled a revolver and fired two shots -- one of which struck a victim in the right hand.

After the shooting, McDuffie County deputies and a state patrol trooper searched a residential area in the Raysville Community, but did not turn up the suspect.

Authorities in Augusta, meanwhile, searched the house where the shooting occurred and discovered five high-powered rifles, three shotguns and ammunition in a bedroom and three handguns -- all loaded -- in the living room, an investigator told a reporter who writes for The Augusta Chronicle , a sister newspaper of The Mirror .

Also discovered were 329 grams of marijuana, an unmarked bottle of pills, a digital scale with marijuana residue, a metal marijuana grinder and marijuana-distribution bags.

The occupants of the house, James and Patricia Bowden, were taken into custody.

Mr. Bowden was charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act (VGCSA) for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Mrs. Bowden was charged with three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and one count of VGCSA for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Web posted on Thursday, September 10, 2009

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