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Hinesville triple shooting suspect scheduled to appear in court Monday

Michael Cansler (Source: Hinesville PD) Michael Cansler (Source: Hinesville PD)
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Suspect's car (Source: Hinesville Police Department) Suspect's car (Source: Hinesville Police Department)

UPDATE: Michael Cansler, with coordination from family, has turned himself into Sheriff Steven Sikes. Cansler is being charged with 3 counts of aggravated assault and 1 count of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He will be making his first appearance in court on Monday.

Police are on the hunt for a suspect after three people were shot overnight in Liberty County. 

Officials say two men and a woman were shot at a house in the 900 block of Pineland Avenue in Hinesville, around 1:00. Tuesday morning. We do know that a vehicle is in police possession, but they're still searching for the person behind the wheel who pulled the trigger. 

Michael Karone Cansler, 17, has been identified as a suspect in the incident. Cansler is a black male, stands 5-foot-5 and weighs 145 pounds. He is considered armed and dangerous by police.

Any information on the whereabouts of this subject please contact the Hinesville Police Department at 912.368.8211.

According to Hinesville Police Department Sgt. Franklin Gallob, two victims were flown by helicopter to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah. The third was taken to Memorial by ambulance. 

Hinesville Police Department Captain James Reid says this was not a random act of violence. He said based on witness statements, the victims were targeted by subjects known to them, and the investigation has revealed that this incident stems from an earlier physical altercation involving all parties which occurred at another location in Hinesville. 

Officers were able to stop a vehicle carrying five individuals, one of which has been arrested for being involved in the shooting. Lt. Tracey Howard says when they first found an empty car, that's when they know the vehicle leaving the scene was suspicious. 

"We had located a vehicle that we believed to be involved, and knew that the people responsible were no longer in that vehicle, so we felt it was highly likely that he vehicle the officers stopped was being utilized to pick up those individuals and that actually ended up being the case," he said. "There were so many people at that location at the time of the crime, to include children. Fortunately, there were not any children hurt in this matter or any of the other homeowners."

One of the victims has been released from the hospital and the others are in stable condition. 

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should contact the Hinesville Police Department.

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