Teenager shot, killed Wednesday night in Springfield

Deadly shooting under investigation in Effingham County

SPRINGFIELD, Ga. (WTOC) - A teenager was shot and killed Wednesday night in Springfield.

The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office says they received a call around 7 p.m. Wednesday and responded to the 100 block of Kildee Lane. Deputies say they discovered the body of 19-year-old Jerrle Anthony McNeil inside a home.

The incident is still under investigation by the sheriff’s office. They are in the process of collecting witness statements and evidence.

Neighbors living in the area say this isn't the first time something has happened in the area. A 15-year-old girl said she was home at the time of the shooting and now she's concerned for the safety of her friends and her family.

"So many situations have been happening and there's been cops in and out of here, but it's just scary to me,” Brianna Burbage said.

Burbage said she's terrified after coming outside to find out someone was shot just feet away from her house.

"I thought I was going to get killed and it scares me because being out here, so many tragic things happen and then I could be the next one hurt or any of my family and I don't want that to happen,” Burbage said.

She says she was home at the time and came outside to complete chaos.

"So many cops and the crime scene people were out here I think, and it was crazy people were yelling and fighting,” Burbage said.

"Honestly, I did kind of freak out at first because I wasn't too sure because my kids always go down there and play,” Burbage’s mom, Jessica Wilson said.

Wilson says with many things happening in the area, she fears for the safety of her kids.

"From what I've heard it took four phone calls in to be able to get someone out here first, because of the simple fact that there's been so many fake reports of shootings and they've been responding for nothing,” Wilson said.

Both Burbage and her mom agree that something needs to change, or it could force them out of the area altogether.

"I want to get away from everything, it’s nice out here but at the same time it’s too much and I worry about my kids’ safety too much,” Wilson said.

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