Crime & Courts

Augusta teenager killed at party

A 14-year-old girl was shot to death Friday night at an underage drinking party in Augusta, and the man hosting the event was arrested in her death, police said.

Augusta Police Chief Tyler Brewer said officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 900 block of Wirth shortly after 10 p.m.

"When we got inside the house to secure it, we found a young female dead at the bottom of the stairs with a gunshot wound to the head," he said.

The victim was identified as Andrea M. Young of Augusta.

A 25-year-old man who lives at the home was booked into the Butler County Jail on a count of involuntary manslaughter, Brewer said.

Although most of the partygoers left before officers arrived, Brewer said interviews determined that 20 to 30 people had attended the party. Throughout the evening, Brewer said, the host was brandishing a rifle and what appeared to be a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol.

"He was showing it off, and that made a lot of people nervous," Brewer said. "Some people inside the home were uncomfortable."

Brewer said he did not know what led to the pistol being fired, but he said it did not appear to be premeditated.

Charges against the suspect are expected this week.

Augusta's last homicide occurred in March 2002, when Aaron M. Ruboyianes was shot to death while working in the electronics department at the city's Wal-Mart store. Ruboyianes' father-in-law was charged in that case.