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April 15, 2014

Tifton Police focused on shootings

Several reports of shots fired in city

TIFTON — The Tifton Police Department was busy Friday night responding to several reports of a shooting that occurred on East 13th Street.

According to an incident report filed at the TPD, Officer Jasmine Carden reported that at approximately 11:45 p.m., she was sent to Tift Regional Medical Center in reference to a gunshot victim. Upon arrival, she made contact with the victim, a 21-year-old male.

The victim reported that he was on the porch at a residence located in the 100 block of East 13th Street when he noticed a sky blue, older model, small pickup truck pass by. He said the pickup had already been through Dees Apartments once and driven by.

The male reported that the offenders "opened fire" from the pickup at this time, which was at 11:40 p.m. He said he was struck in the face as he scrambled to find cover.

Carden reported that the victim sustained a gash to his right cheek, however, no bullet was lodged.

Also, during the time that shots were fired, other residents in the area reported bullets entering their homes.

- A 44-year-old woman said she was inside her residence when she heard the shots being fired. A bullet hole was found in her front bedroom window.

- A 63-year-old woman said a bullet went through her living room window.

- A 19-year-old female said she and her one-year-old son were inside their residence when she heard multiple gunshots. She said she grabbed her son, went to the rear of the apartment and fell on the floor. A bullet struck her front east end window and proceeded to the interior of her living room wall. Two other bullet holes were also found in the front west end exterior wall.

- A bullet hole was found in a 22-year-old woman's residence. The woman reported that she was sitting on her couch in the living room when she heard the gunfire outside from the street. The bullet, which went through the south facing window of the bedroom, also went through the headboard of her bed and entered the wall on the opposite side of the room. The woman noted a male was sleeping on the couch when the shots were fired. The male reported that he was asleep on the couch on the south facing wall when he heard the gunfire. One more bullet hole through the front door was located. The bullet continued to travel through the front door and then went through a lamp sitting in the corner of the living room. It proceeded through the wall dividing the living room and kitchen, finally resting in the wall at the north side of the house.

- A 45-year-old woman said her vehicle was "shot up," which was parked on her daughter's lawn. She said she was at the residence visiting her daughter when she heard multiple gunshots. She and her daughter got down on the floor during the shooting. The vehicle displayed two bullet holes to the front passenger side window, and the driver's side front window was completely broken out. The rear driver's side window was also shattered but intact.

- A 26-year-old woman said she was inside her residence with her mother and boyfriend. She said she got down on the floor when she heard the shots being fired. Her mother and boyfriend also took cover. Her apartment displayed a bullet hole to the front living room window, a bullet hole to the exterior wall beside the window and a bullet hole to the far east exterior wall.

When asked is there any connection to the recent shootings that have occurred in Tifton, Sgt. Dorminey McCrae with the TPD told The Gazette that he can't say at this time.

But, he did make the following statement: "These random, reckless shootings are serious and with the help of the community, it's going to stop. The person or persons committing these acts of violence need to be punished. Innocent people could have gotten killed — from infants all the way to senior citizens."

He added each bullet that went through the residences on 13th Street had people inside, and luckily they didn't get hurt.

"People are supposed to be safe and secure in their homes," McCrae said. "They shouldn't have to worry about people riding by and shooting up their homes. Law enforcement is taking this seriously. Anyone who has information in reference to these recent shootings please contact us."

The TPD can be contacted at 382-3132.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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