One victim was shot and two suspects arrested in separate cases as Statesboro police investigated several reports of gunfire over the weekend.
Brandon Earl Jones, 18, of Frank Hendry Road in Ellabell, was charged with reckless conduct and discharging a firearm within 50 yards of a public highway after police connected him to a report of shots fired early Sunday at Copper Beech Town Homes, said Statesboro Police Community Information Specialist Madison Bridges.
In a separate incident taking place later Sunday at Renaissance Apartments, Quentin Dustin Williams. 29, of Rainbow Ridge, in Swainsboro, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, she said,.
The "shots fired" calls, four total, began Friday when police responded around 10:20 p.m. to
Parker's Endzone on Lanier Drive, where a victim was reported to have suffered a "non life-threatening" gunshot wound, she said. Apparently the victim was taken to East Georgia Regional Medical Center's emergency room, where officers spoke with the victim "a couple hours later," after the shooting, she said.
The second report of "shots fired" took place early Saturday morning, around 1:40 a.m. at Aspen Heights Apartments on Hwy. 67.
No injuries were reported regarding that incident.
The report of shots fired around 1 a.m. Sunday at Copper Beech Apartments, where Jones was arrested, also yielded no injuries, Bridges said.
Officers were called out again Sunday night around 11:10 p.m., responding to a call of shots fired at the Renaissance apartment complex. Police, after a brief investigation, charged Williams in this incident, she said. No one was injured by the shots.
Both Jones and Williams were taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where Jones was later released on a $4,000 bond. Williams remains in jail with no bond, according to jail records.
"Detectives of the Statesboro Police Department's Criminal Investigations Bureau have been assigned to and are investigating these incidents," Bridges said. "The investigations remain ongoing and further information will be released as it becomes available. Chief of Police Mike Broadhead urges anyone with information regarding these incidents to please come forward."
Broadhead said "As a community, we simply cannot tolerate acts of gun violence. Every member of our community has a vested interest in keeping our city safe, and we need the help of the community to send a strong message that will not allow lawlessness to exist. We ask for our citizens to call us with information when they know of any person in possession of an illegal firearm, for unlawfully carrying a firearm, and certainly for discharging firearms in public."
Statesboro police investigators will "aggressively pursue cases of gun violence and we will work to seek maximum penalties for those convicted of using a firearm in the commission of a crime," he said.
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911.
Tips may also be made online at www.tipsoft.com or by sending the text "TIPSSPD" followed by your message to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential, Bridges said.