Gang-related shootings lead to seven victims, three arrests
by Whitley Clifton | October 10, 2018 1:03 pm
On Friday, October 5, 2018, a press conference was held inside the courtroom of Swainsboro Police Department in reference to recent violence occurring in the streets of the city of Swainsboro.
Police Chief Randy Ellison opened the session by thanking all who made it a point to be present to address issues involving gang-related activity.
At approximately 10 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3, officers with Swainsboro Police Department (SPD) responded to shots fired on Martin Luther King Boulevard. Upon arrival, there was evidence indicating gun shot damage to a house and car. Within a matter of minutes, a call was received from Emanuel Medical Center (EMC) in reference to the arrival of a victim with a gun shot wound.
While officers were working the crime scene, an additional call was received within 10 minutes in reference to shots being fired on Project and Lewis streets. Additional SPD officers responded, as well as officers from other agencies.
The end result of this case led to one victim who, at the time of Friday’s presser, was being uncooperative with the investigation.
The following day, October 4, approximately 23.5 hours after the shootings, law enforcement received another emergency call.
At approximately 9:30 p.m., officials responded to Lucky Street in reference to multiple shots being fired. Upon arrival, officers found a vehicle blocking the roadway. Investigation of the vehicle led to the discovery of weapons inside it, but no offenders were located.
Minutes after arriving on scene, screams were heard from an adjacent residence.
Responding, officials located a 59-year old male subject and his 11-year-old granddaughter, both suffering from gun shot wounds. These two victims were transported to EMC by Emanuel County EMS.
Officials then located a blood trail that led them to find two additional victims in an alley approximately 50 yards from the roadway.
As the investigation continued, a second blood trail was found, leading to the bodies of two additional individuals, both being juveniles. One was injured and the second not injured, but was involved in altercation.
All victims were transported to the local hospital. From there, two were transferred to Augusta. At the time of the conference, all victims were stable.
Thus far, three arrests have been made in the case.
Two of the three arrested, both age 16, were apprehended on scene. The third offender, an adult, fled the scene but was apprehended by Emanuel County sheriff’s deputies.
All three have been charged with four counts aggravated assault and one count possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, as well as additional charges of cruelty to children and aggravated battery.
At the conference, officials stated that two additional offenders associated with the case are on the run. SPD Chief Ellison and Emanuel County Sheriff J. Tyson Stephens assure the public that their departments are diligently working together in an effort to apprehend the two offenders, and the district attorney intends to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.
Mayor Charles Schwabe and council members also swore to address and assist in this matter as much as possible.
Before opening the floor for questions and comments from the press and the public, information about the crime tip line was issued. Information regarding the above mentioned case (or others in Emanuel County) can be reported by calling 478-237-0800. All calls are anonymous.