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Shootings ruled suicide
Police also investigating Thursday murder at Grove Apts.
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Neighbors gather outside the Eagle Gate Apartment complex after a double shooting Friday night.

               Gunshots that killed a man and a woman Friday night at Eagle Gate Apartments on South Mulberry Street were self-inflicted.
        Bulloch County Coroner Jake Futch said Joaquin Brown and Sharell Mercer were arguing in their apartment - #21. Brown pulled a revolver and shot himself in the head, Futch said. Mercer then picked up the same gun and shot herself also in the head.
        Futch said Mercer died at the scene and Brown died shortly after being taken to East Georgia Regional Medical Center.
        No information about the argument was available, Futch said.
        In a press release from the Statesboro Police Department, the incident was ruled as a double suicide after detectives on the scene interviewed family members and reviewed physical evidence. The case remains under investigation.
        In an unrelated incident, Statesboro Police are investigating a murder that took place Thursday night at Grove Apartments on Brampton Ave.
        In a press release, police described the incident as a "drug transaction gone bad."
        At approximately 10:50 p.m. Thursday, Statesboro officers responded to the Grove Apartments after receiving notification of gunshots in the area. Officers soon located a victim with multiple gunshot wounds who later died at the scene.         The victim's name has not been released.
        Police said the investigation is ongoing in looking for a suspect or suspects and released no other information.
        In the Friday night shootings, officers from the Statesboro Police Department and the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office responded to a disturbance at the Eagle Gate Apartments in the 200 block of South Mulberry Street shortly after 8 p.m. More than 10 law enforcement vehicles arrived on the scene as dozens of visibly upset neighbors gathered at their doors and in the streets.
        Futch said several juveniles were in the apartment at the time of the shooting. They were first taken to the police department and then released into the custody of the Department of Family and Children's Services.
        Anyone with information in either case is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911. You may also anonymously submit information to or by texting a tip to "TIPSSPD plus your message" to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential.


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