Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agents are trying to unravel the story behind woman reportedly shot in Jenkins County who ended up in Bulloch County Friday, asking convenience store employees to call 911.
The unidentified woman was traveling with family from Waynesboro back to Jacksonville, Fla. when they stopped at J&T Minit Mart on Highway 25 at Rocky Ford Road around 2:45 p.m. Friday, said Bulloch County sheriff’s Capt. Tod Hutchens.
She had been shot once in the back, according to radio reports from first responders at the scene.
Bulloch County 911 received the call and dispatched Bulloch County EMS, sheriff’s deputies and other first responders to the store, where the group of travelers stopped. Hutchens said the family had been visiting relatives in Waynesboro and were on their way home to Florida.
The victim originally told authorities the shooting happened in Waynesboro, but Waynesboro police told the Statesboro Herald Friday they had not determined whether the incident actually occurred in their jurisdiction. The investigation was still in its early stages Friday afternoon and little information was available.
Hutchens said it was later determined that the shooting took place in Jenkins County.
GBI Special Agent-in-Charge Bill Bodrey said Friday evening that interviews were still being conducted and the victim’s name was not being released at that time. He did say her wounds would be considered “life threatening.”
Hutchens said it was unclear why the victim waited until they were in Bulloch County before seeking aid.
The victim was airlifted to a hospital in Augusta, according to reports. Her condition is unknown.
Further details are expected to be released as the investigation continues, Bodrey said.
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Bulloch County sheriff’s deputies are on the scene at J&T Minit Market on Hwy, 25 where a yet unidentified woman claims she has been shot. Air Evac has been summoned and reports over the radio from responders at the scene say the woman drove up to t eh store and said she had been shot. It appears she has been shot in the back, according to reports. Further details will be published as they are made available.