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Police investigate after 3 shot in Vidalia

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Police are investigating two different shootings that sent three people to the hospital Sunday in Toombs County.

Officers were dispatched to the area of Epstein Street in reference to shots fired shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday.

Around that same time, dispatch advised the responding officers that a victim of a gunshot wound was at Memorial Regional Hospital, so they headed to the hospital first.

Other officers responded to the area of Epstein and Jenkins streets where they met with a large crowd of people. Witnesses gave several different nearby locations where the shots fired took place. Officers searched the area of Epstein Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard but did not find any firearm shell casings or any other evidence.

Eventually, several spent shell casing were found at the base of a large oak tree. Detectives arrived and took pictures of the scene and collected the casings for evidence.

It was later determined that Damian Nichols, 21, of Vidalia, and Preston Coleman, 22, of Vidalia, were the victims of the shooting and were at Meadows Regional Medical Center for treatment. Coleman was shot in his left arm and Nichols was shot in his right shin a few inches above his ankle, according to the Vidalia Police Department.

Both have since been transported to a Savannah hospital by helicopter.

Then shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to a call in reference to a person who had been shot in the 700 block of Montgomery St. 

Upon arrival they found a gunshot victim inside the residence on the floor and were told by two witnesses that his name was Dreshawn Mosley, 20, of Vidalia. 

Officers were able to speak with Mosley briefly to try and obtain information about the offender but Mosley said he didn't see or hear anything but a gunshot. 

Mosley was able to tell officers that he was outside in the back yard when he was shot. 

EMS arrived and transported Mosley to the hospital. Witnesses were interviewed and they reported hearing between 4-5 shots fired and then Mosley running in the back door saying he had been shot. 

Officers checked the back yard and porch and then began to photograph the area and located evidence that appeared to be a bullet entrance into the side of the residence. 

No suspects have been named in any of Sunday's shootings and the investigation into each case continues.

"We're looking at them both ways - that they are connected, one possibly retaliation for the other - and that they aren't," noted Lt. Jimmy Sims of Vidalia Police.

 Anyone with information regarding the shootings should contact the Vidalia Police Department.

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