2 shot at sports bar in Hinesville

2 shot at sports bar in Hinesville

HINESVILLE, Ga. (WTOC) - Hinesville police are investigating after two men were shot at Gata’s Sports Bar and Grill Thursday night.

It happened shortly after 11:30 p.m. on the 800 block of Elma G. Miles Parkway.

According to Hinesville Police, one person was shot in the stomach and another person was injured when a bullet ricocheted and struck him above the knee. The person shot in the stomach is being treated at Memorial Health in Savannah. His condition is currently unknown.

Romel Trashawn Winston
Romel Trashawn Winston (Source: Liberty County Sheriff's Office)

A suspect, Romel Trashawn Winston, has been arrested and questioned at the Hinesville Police Department.

The Hinesville Police Department says this shooting began with an argument between two people. They also say if officers hadn’t been patrolling the area, it could’ve been a lot worse. The Assistant Chief says by the time officers got to the entrance, they heard a gunshot.

“While some of the patrons were running out they were able to get in there, identify the alleged shooter under the circumstances, and get him under control," said Maj. Lloyd Slater.

Major Slater says the department makes sure officers are on patrol late at night at businesses like this one.

“We take a proactive stance to make sure officers are available within the area in case something like this does happen. Fortunately, we were there and it could’ve been worse if we weren’t there so there could’ve been multiple victims under the circumstance.”

Hinesville Police say Winston is the only person of interest at this time. The Hinesville Police Department says they’re reviewing video footage of the incident and are still investigating.

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