VIDALIA, Ga. (WTOC) - Vidalia Police are investigating after a shooting on Wiggins Street that injured three adults and left one 10-year-old with serious injuries.
Police responded to Wiggins Street after three people reported they were shot inside of a car around 8:45 p.m. The driver of the car transported them self and the other victims in the car to a nearby medical facility. Two of the victims were only shot once, while one was shot multiple times.
A fourth victim arrived at the hospital shortly after. This victim was in a different car but was also shot once.
All three adult victims were treated and released, but the 10-year-old child was transferred by helicopter to another hospital in serious condition.
The victim who was driving the van, with the children inside, described the chaos and his desire for the shooters to be found, either by the police or by him.
Bullet holes in the side of a mini-van tell part of the story. The driver, who doesn’t want to be identified, says he and his loved ones, including his two small children, pulled up to a relative’s house on Wiggins Street. He saw a strange car parked and he pulled up to check on it when someone rolled down the window and opened fire. He pulled away and drove straight for the hospital.
“My daughter informed me that she was shot. Her mother informed me that she was shot. I knew that I was shot,” said the victim.
He believes the shooters saw children in the car and fired anyway.
“They chose to open fire without any regards to anyone’s life,” he said.
Vidalia’s police chief doesn’t believe the shooting was completely random.
“Now, as far as may be mistaken identity or something, I can’t say. We’re tracking down leads and trying to establish a motive,” Vidalia Police Chief Brian Scott said.
Meanwhile, the victim says he’s investigating as well.
“I want to let the law handle it themselves. But as a responsible father, I can’t say when I see these individuals what’s gonna happen,” he said.
“I’m not going to say that I’m not going to immediately respond but I don’t know! I don’t know what they’re intentions are for me. For them to open fire on me like that, what else am I to expect,” he asked.
The victim acknowledged that he’s been shot in Vidalia before and the woman in the car has also been shot here as well in a separate matter. He does not think they’re connected.
Vidalia police say they’re looking at any possibility. An investigation is ongoing.
Police are looking for a suspect vehicle. They describe it as a dark-colored SUV, maybe a Chevrolet Tahoe. The car would have damage to the front passenger side fender area, scratches on the sides, and aftermarket custom rims. Three of the rims are the same, but the fourth is different. The front windows are not tinted, but the back windows are.
If you have information on this incident, please call the Vidalia Police Department – Criminal Investigations Division at 912-537-4123, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation – Eastman Office at (478) 374-6988, or CrimeStoppers at (912) 386-4480.