Police arrested three men Friday linked to a gang-related shooting Oct. 6 where a person suffered “non-life-threatening” injuries in a shooting at a Lanier Drive convenience store.
Due to the danger of the men likely being armed, the Statesboro Police Department’s Emergency Response Team (SWAT) enlisted the aid of the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office’s Tactical Team in serving the warrants at 8:30 a.m. Friday, said Statesboro Police Community Information Specialist Madison Bridges Warren.
Officers arrested Willie Lamar Locue, 29, Twin City; Josia Joseph Jones, 23, Riceboro; Christopher Allen Nance, 24, Statesboro, all charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and participation in criminal gang activity, she said.
On Oct. 6, a Friday, Statesboro police officers responded around 10:20 p.m. to a report of shots fired at Parkers Enzone, a local gas station on Lanier Drive. Where the unidentified victim suffered a gunshot wound, she said. The injury was not life threatening, and the victim was taken to the hospital, where he was later interviewed by police.
After the investigation was turned over to detectives. “Further investigation revealed the incident was the result of criminal gang activity,” Warren said.
“The hard work of our detectives has once again helped to keep our city safe,” said Statesboro Police Chief Mike Brodhead. “Our ERT, working in conjunction with members of the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office’s Tactical Team, were able to take potentially dangerous subjects off the street safely. We are committed to doing all we can to end gang violence and to actively seek out those who choose to use firearms to commit crimes.”
All three suspects were transported to the Bulloch County Jail, where they remained without bond Monday, according to jail records.
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911. Anonymous 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 kept “strictly confidential,” she said.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.