- Steve Burns The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A man is on the run after his wife’s body was found in the parking lot of the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home after a fatal shooting Friday in Augusta, according to multiple reports.
The victim, a nursing home employee, was identified by the Richmond County Coroner’s Office as Jazna O. Timmons, 34, the Augusta Chronicle reported.
The alleged shooter, husband Richard Lyle Timmons Jr., 29, left the scene and is said to be armed and dangerous, the Chronicle reported. He was driving a white Chevy Traverse, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
Coroner Mark Bowen told the Chronicle that Jazna Timmons was shot at least one time and was pronounced dead on the scene at 11:30 a.m. Her body will be sent to the GBI’s Crime Lab for an autopsy.
Deputies received the call just after 11 a.m., the Chronicle reported. Augusta University and Paine College, which are near the nursing home, issued alerts and lockdowns earlier, but those have ended.
In its statement to students, Augusta University described the shooting as “a domestic violence targeted attack.”
Augusta University police and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office were on the scene.
The nursing home facility is a 192-bed skilled nursing care home that is operated under an agreement between the Georgia Department of Veterans Service and Augusta University, according to the state Department of Veterans Service website.
The facility primarily provides medical and nursing services to Georgia’s aged and infirmed veterans.
It is an affiliated organization of Augusta University Health.
“We are shocked and saddened at this terrible act of violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family at this time of great loss,” Augusta University President Brooks Keel said in a statement. “Members of our chaplain’s office and our counseling service will be available for staff and patients in the aftermath of this incident.”