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Three arrested after shots fired incident on US 301 near Old River Road

Jerimaih Bates, (Source: BCSO) Jerimaih Bates, (Source: BCSO)
Anthony Bates, (Source: BCSO). Anthony Bates, (Source: BCSO).
Deonte Coker, (Source: BCSO) Deonte Coker, (Source: BCSO)

The Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting incident at the area of US 301 North near Old River Road.

Two vehicles were discovered to have sustained gunshot damage. Six people were in the two vehicles including three minor children. No one was injured.

The suspect vehicle, a white Dodge Dart, fled the scene. It was spotted and followed by Master Deputy Jeff Thompson onto East Main Street. At the intersection of Packinghouse Rd, one male subject exited the vehicle and disposed of a handgun. Police recovered the gun before losing contact with the vehicle.

Deonte Coker, 25, of Statesboro, Jerimaih Bates, 31, of Statesboro, and Anthony Bates, 24, of Statesboro, were identified as suspects.

The motivation for the shooting appears to be personal, however there are indications that gang activity also played a part in the crime.

 All three were taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, discharge of a firearm on a public highway and criminal street gang activity.

Anyone with information on this case should contact Inv. Quattlebaum at 912.764.1785.

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