A man who was shot Thursday night at Little Lotts Creek Apartments is in stable condition after surgery, and the man who shot him is behind bars, police said.
Dennis James Harris, 21, Little Lotts Creek Apartments, is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, said Statesboro Public safety Director Wendell Turner.
Harris was also injured during the altercation between him and the victim. He suffered “blunt force trauma facial injuries,” Turner said.
The shooting victim, a 28-year-old man who also lives on East Jones Street, a short distance away from the apartment complex, suffered “a gunshot wound to the torso,” he said.
Investigators had not yet reached the bottom of things Friday as they continued to investigate the altercation. Harris’ mug shot from the Bulloch County Jail showed extensive facial injuries, but the victim was not charged in the case, said Statesboro Police Capt. Scott Brunson.
When asked whether the victim inflicted Harris’ injuries and whether it was a case of self defense, Brunson said details about the incident were not known at the time, since “the case is still under investigation.”
As of late Friday, Statesboro Police Det. Sgt. James Winskey was still interviewing witnesses, the victim and Harris to determine what led to the physical assault and shooting, he said.
Officers were notified just before 11 pm. Thursday by Bulloch County Central 911 that “someone had been shot,” Turner said. Officers arrived at the East Jones Avenue apartment complex and found Harris and the victim “in front of Building C.”
Bulloch County Emergency Medical Service transported both Harris and the victim to East Georgia Regional Medical Center, where the victim was admitted and Harris was treated and released, he said.
Brunson said the victim underwent minor surgery for the gunshot wounds, and said he is in stable condition.
“The investigation into this incident is ongoing, and anyone with information concerning the case is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911,” he said. Information can also be relayed on the Crimereports.com website by clicking the submit at tip link from the home page, he said.”All information received will be held in strict confidence.”
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (91) 489-9414.