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11/14/07

Neighbors React to Evening Shooting in Jesup

Ollie Darden. Ollie Darden.
Kenny Screven. Kenny Screven.

JESUP, GA--Some of the people involved in Tuesday night's shooting that left two people dead in Jesup have now been identified.

It happened around 9pm at the corner of Hunter and Sheppard streets off Macon Street. Two people died, two more wounded with at least two suspects on the loose. See 2 Dead in Jesup Shooting

Now, some neighbors are feeling uneasy in their own homes.

Daylight did little to calm Ollie Darden. She'd just gotten home Tuesday night when she heard a dozen gunshots from across the street. "Then I heard somebody at my back door, asking me to let them in," she told us.

In the dark, her neighbor, Geno Evans, told her he'd been shot and so had others in house, including his father, his friend and at least one of the people who broke into the home.

When police arrived, they found Jesse Evans, Geno's father and Donovan Scott, who police say may have been a part of group who tried to break into the house, dead from what appeared to be a shoot out.

With the only survivors in the incident hospitalized or on the loose, police aren't sure if Jesse Evans ran next door to his son's when he heard the shots or if he was already there when it started.

Neighbors say it wouldn't have been out of character for Jesse to come to the aid of his son. But that does little to comfort them as they come to grips with the loss of a lifelong friend.

"Pretty upsetting" said neighbor Kenny Screven, who says he's known Jesse for over 40 years.

Police won't say what they think started the shoot out, but Maj. Glenn Takaki with the Jesup Police did comment, "It's not a random home invasion where other people have to worry about being victimized."

"It makes me feel better, but I'll feel even better when they catch them," said Darden.

Meanwhile, some will take no chances. "I feel for them if they bang on my door, you know?" said Screven.

Geno Evans and his friend Antonio Cunningham remain hospitalized. If you know anything about the case, contact Jesup Police at 912.427.1300 or your local authorities.

Reported by Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com 

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