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TIFTON -- Two men shot early Friday morning by two as yet unidentified men remained hospitalized Monday.

Tony Anthony Sears, 39, of Tifton and Shannon Lee, 26, of Chula, were at Sears' residence at 2914 Wilton Ave., Lot 19, when the incident occurred.

"Two unidentified black males came in at gunpoint and shot them while they were inside that residence," Lt. Ray Merritt of the Tift County Sheriff's Department's Criminal Investigation unit said.

According to the incident report, the shooting occurred at 12:40 a.m.

Carolyn King, 51, who said she lives nearby, reported the shooting. Sgt. Steve Anderson was dispatched by E-911 to the location after reports of an open telephone line there. Anderson stated that when he arrived, he found both victims had suffered gunshot wounds.

Both victims were transported by Tift County Emergency Medical Service to Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC). Lee remains at TRMC and a spokesman said his condition Monday is good. Sears was transported to Phoebe Putney Medical Center in Albany. A spokesman there said they could not release his condition but would ask a family member if they wanted to talk to the press. The spokesman returned to the telephone to say that Sears' wife "said to tell you he was doing okay."

The suspects were described as black males who were dressed in dark clothing. They face charges of aggravated assault, burglary and kidnapping.

Merritt said the case the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation of the incident with Tift County Sheriff's Department investigators assisting them.

Anyone with any information on the case are urged to call the TCSO at 388-6033.



To contact reporter Angie Thompson, call 382-4321, ext. 208.



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