Woman survives, man kills self in store shooting
A man died and a woman was wounded during a shooting Thursday in the parking lot of an Evans store.
Anita Faye Reed, of Augusta, was shot in the face about 10 a.m. outside Academy Sports and Outdoors, 4210 Washington Road, by a man who authorities think was an ex-boyfriend, said Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.
Keith Dewayne Lowe, 30, of Breezy Hill Drive in Augusta, then turned the .38-caliber handgun on himself. He died from the self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Reed, a 32-year-old employee of Academy Sports, was shot twice -- above the left eye and in her left ear, Morris said. However, he called the injuries "non-life threatening."
Morris said Reed was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital for treatment.
A witness reported seeing her arguing with someone on a mobile phone while inside the store. However, Morris said police were uncertain who she was arguing with. It wasn't until she left the store that she was shot.
The manager of Academy Sports and Outdoors refused to comment.
Beech Island man drowns at lake
A Memorial Day family outing at Clarks Hill Lake turned tragic when a 27-year-old Beech Island man drowned.
Olvin Interiano was swimming at the West Dam Recreation are at Clarks Hill Lake when his family lost track of him, said Harriett Garrison, the Columbia County Deputy Coroner. Interiano was apparently trying to reach a sandbar just after noon Monday, Garrison said.
His body was recovered about an hour later. There were no signs of trauma and no evidence of alcohol use, Garrison said. An autopsy was to be conducted Tuesday.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org.
Digital business reports hacking
An employee of a Columbia County software and Internet support company called police Thursday to report the company server had been hacked.
Between May 12 and May 20, someone hacked into the servers of Digital Dimensions Inc., 4314 Belair-Frontage Road, to send spam e-mail, the employee said. The spam e-mailing, called "phishing," requested personal information from anyone who received the e-mail.
The incident caused a major disruption for the company -- which provides software and support for financial institutions -- by causing its Internet services to be blacklisted by all major Web providers.
Woman returned item for gift card
An employee of the Evans Wal-Mart told police Thursday that a woman was getting fraudulent refunds for items.
The employee said the woman brought an item into the store at 4469 Washington Road on Feb. 14 and received a pink sticker to put on it allowing her to carry it inside.
The woman then put the sticker on an electric razor worth $176.29 and returned it to the Customer Service desk, where she received a gift card for the amount, the employee said.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for May 18-24:
Structure fires, four; vehicle fire, one; wood/brush/grass fires, 10; controlled/unauthorized burn, one; activated fire alarms, 11; gas line ruptures, two; medical incidents, 24; vehicle accidents, two; weather damage, two; hazardous materials, one; investigate various incidents, nine; assist citizens, two; and other, one.
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