2 arrested after shooting at Statesboro apartment complex

2 arrested after shooting at Statesboro apartment complex
Jaden Michael Smith. Source: Bulloch Conty Sheriff's Office.

STATESBORO, Ga. (WTOC) - UPDATE: Upon further investigation by the Statesboro Police Department, it was determined the two individuals injured in a shooting at a Statesboro apartment complex did not participate in the exchange of gunfire.

The police department says 19-year-old Jaden Michael Smith, of Statesboro, and 19-year-old Kareem Levon Butler, of Hephzibah, exchanged gunfire on the night of July 26 that resulted in two victims being injured.

Warrants for aggravated assault and other charges were obtained for the two suspects. Smith was arrested in Macon, Ga. and Butler was arrested in Richmond County, Ga. will help from the U.S. Marshals Service.

Both have been transported back to the Bulloch County Jail.


Information below is from a previous report before the current update from the Statesboro Police Department:

Police in Statesboro have questions for two men who detectives believe shot each other Friday night.

The double shooting took place on Lanier Drive in the “Cambridge at Southern: The Palms" apartment complex. Police say a man went to the apartments and confronted a man he knows who lives there, and they shot at each other in the parking lot. Statesboro’s police chief says the case then went in several directions.

“There was the location of the actual fight. There were a couple of apartments nearby that we know one of the participants went to,” said Chief Mike Broadhead. “Another participant showed up in a pickup truck and drove it away, and that truck had several bullet holes in it.”

The men both faced surgeries over the weekend. Meanwhile, police have questioned witnesses as well as people connected to both men. The case leaves neighbors hoping it doesn’t happen again.

“I just feel like if people would calm down in the things they’re doing, they wouldn’t have to go that far,” said neighbor, Jaikerra Irwin. “I honestly don’t believe in using guns to decide a conflict.”

Chief Broadhead says they’ll question the two men as soon as they’re medically able.

Ownership and management of the apartment complex released the following statement.

“Our highest priority is the safety and security of our residents. We complete a criminal background check of every applicant and have zero tolerance for violent or criminal behavior.”

The statement also says security patrols are provided at the complex. Management says it will “fully cooperate with law enforcement in every way possible...”

Both men are expected to recover. Meanwhile, you can contact police anonymously if you have any information.


Two people are recovering after Statesboro Police say they fired shots at each other at a Statesboro apartment complex overnight.

Police are investigating the events that led up to the two shooting at each other at Cambridge Apartments. There is no word on their condition.

“To the best of our knowledge, right now there is two people involved and we have both of them identified and they are both getting medical attention,” said Chief Mike Broadhead with Statesboro Police.

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