The Thomson Police Department has charged an 18-year-old Warrenton man following a double shooting Dec. 3 at the Southern Villas Apartment Complex, and the police are investigating the man’s possible connection to a rash of robberies in the city.

The police department has charged Quinterious Bailey, of the 190 block of Hart Street in Warrenton, with two counts of aggravated assault for shooting Larry M. Mance, 25, at Mance’s apartment in the 500 block of Shiloh Road at 8:30 p.m.

According to Thomson Police Chief, the incident is the result of an attempted home invasion.

According to the incident report, police officers were dispatched to the apartment and were met by a witness who reported that his friend had been shot and was losing a lot of blood. Police found Mance on the kitchen floor with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Mance was transported to University Hospital McDuffie.

“Bailey knocked on the door and Mance answered,” said Police Chief Anson Evans. “A verbal exchange occurred at the door and Bailey started shooting,” he said.

The police spoke with a woman inside who reported that she was washing her hair in the kitchen sink when the shooting occurred.  She said Mance answered a knock at the door and she heard a gunshot and stated that Mance returned to the kitchen stating, “he had been shot.” The witness indicated that she did not see the shooter.

According to Evans, once Bailey shot Mance, he entered the apartment and was confronted by the friend who was visiting Mance. “As Bailey pointed the gun at the man, the man returned fire, striking Bailey several times and Bailey retreated. And fled away on foot,” the police chief said.

As other law officials, including the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, arrived to the scene at Southern Villas to look for shell casings at the building and on cars and speak with more witnesses, a responding police officer observed a black 2019 Dodge Challenger with two semi auto handguns in the driver seat. The officer, in the incident report, states that he saw the witness who initially met him outside, go into the Dodge Challenger shortly after he arrived on the scene.

Evans and other officials said that while they were still on the scene, dispatch advised that a man had arrived at University Hospital McDuffie with a gunshot wound.  Deputies with the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office responded to the hospital.

“Bailey was dropped off at University Hospital McDuffie by someone. He was taken into custody by Thomson Police at Augusta University Hospital,” Evans said.

“The Thomson Police are also checking to see if Bailey is involved in the recent robberies in the city,” he said.

In addition to two counts of aggravated assault, Bailey was also charged with possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies and home invasion in the first degree. His bond was set at $75,000 and as of Dec. 9, he was still in the McDuffie County Jail.

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