An aggravated assault in the county leads to a mother speaking out, as well as Tift County Commissioner Melissa Hughes.
According to an incident report filed at the Tift County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Andrew Gray reported Monday night around 10 p.m. that he responded to Dorminey Street in reference to a gunshot victim. Upon arrival, a female complainant said two unknown black males approached her at her residence, located in the 2300 block of Dorminey Street, and one of them had a gunshot wound to his leg.
She reported that the victim requested to go to the hospital, but another subject picked him up and drove off before deputies arrived on the scene.
The report states that an investigator was called, and the scene was turned over to him.
Hughes released the following statement to The Tifton Gazette: "I received a message from the mother of the victim asking what could I do about the incident that happened with her son. I told her that I have been trying to get the community involved in 'Stop the Violence' for years with little support. I also reminded her that I have said in the past, 'Just because the ants are in my flower pot today, don't mean they will not be in someone else's tomorrow.' Meaning, we cannot wait until something happens in our community or to one of our family members before we want to see a difference."
She added, "The summer heat has turned up and so will the crime in our communities, unless we get out and do something about it. If we see something or know something, we need to start reporting it. The criminals count on us being afraid by not getting involved. When something happens, we can know who, what and
when, but will not report it. Until it happens to a family member, then we want the National Guard and all forces on the scene.
"Mothers burying their sons is getting old and it must stop. I don't like getting these calls. It saddens me, but if it keeps on, we will not have any young men in our community because all of our young men will be dead. Sad, but true."
Hughes says she has spoken with Tift County Commissioner Donnie Hester, Vice Mayor Johnny Terrell and Capt. Dennis Reese with the TCSO about a Stop the Violence meeting.
"They are supportive and say something must be done," she said.
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. May 27 at the southside community center, located at 2737 S. Central Ave. Everyone in the community is encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Hughes at 326-0241. To start a Neighborhood Watch, contact Reese at 777-1432.
To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.