Man wanted in connection to double shooting at Midtown Bar & Grill in Statesboro

Man wanted in connection to double shooting at Midtown Bar & Grill in Statesboro
Frank Junior Emeka (Source: Statesboro Police Department)
Midtown Bar & Grill (Source: WTOC)
Midtown Bar & Grill (Source: WTOC)

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - Statesboro Police are looking for a man they say is wanted in connection to a shooting over the weekend.

Officers responded to a call of a fight with shots fired at Midtown Bar and Grill at approximately 12:03 a.m. Saturday, May 5. Upon arrival, officers say they encountered a large, chaotic crowd in the parking lot of the business.

The Statesboro Police Department, Georgia Southern University Police Department, deputies of the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office, and troopers from Georgia State Patrol all responded to the scene to assist with crowd control and scene management while SPD detectives launched their investigation.

Police located two victims with apparent gunshot wounds in the crowd and they were transported by EMS to East Georgia Regional Medical Center for treatment. Neither of the victims' injuries were life threatening, and both have since been released.

Detectives of the Statesboro Police Department say they have identified 22-year-old Frank Junior Emeka, of Conyers, as the primary suspect regarding the shots fired. They say 22-years-old Kelly Butler was arrested on scene for obstructing or hindering law enforcement.

"The suspect in the shooting, according to witnesses, put the gun back in his car and fled on foot. Officers were able to detain that car, do a search warrant, and find a couple of guns in the car," said Chief Mike Broadhead. "We've talked to people, showed the registered owner's picture to several people, and they identified him as the shooter."

A witness took photos just after midnight right outside the bar. Francois Williams works across the street. The food stand accepts the club's overflow parking.

"I was turned to the people getting their money for parking. That's when we hear the shots go off and it was one at first and then it was 8 or 9 eventually," Williams said.

Warrants have been obtained for Emeka's arrest in connection to this incident. Authorities encourage Emeka to turn himself into the nearest law enforcement agency immediately. Authorities say do not attempt to make contact with this subject -- he is considered armed and dangerous. Police aren't sure if he is still in Statesboro or if he fled back to his home in Conyers.

If you have any information regarding Emeka's whereabouts, please contact the Statesboro Police Department, the nearest law enforcement agency, or call 911 immediately.

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