CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - The Chatham County Police Department says they believe two shootings on Wednesday are connected.
The first shooting happened at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on Katama Way in the Hampton Place subdivision located off Quacco Road. The 22-year-old victim was shot multiple times. He has been taken to the hospital where police say he continues to be treated for potentially life-threatening injuries.
The suspect description provided Wednesday afternoon was the suspect is a black male with a light complexion, wearing all black clothing and black shoes, who ran in the direction of the Berwick Lakes subdivision.
Just before midnight Wednesday, police were called to the 100 block of Berwick Lakes Boulevard in the Berwick Lakes subdivision. They found a 17-year-old male suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound.
Detectives found that multiple gun shots had been fired into the residence, and also hit the home next door. No other injuries were reported.
The Chatham County Police Department states they believe the parties involved know each other.
“We do believe that these incidents are related. That was more than likely a retaliatory shooting from the earlier shooting in the day. We’re actively pursuing leads," said Chief Hadley.
According to police they’ve conducted several searches and have seized firearms and other items for evidence. Detectives are also working with other agencies as they investigate.
“Whatever we can do together collectively, number one as law enforcement here in Chatham County in connection with the community to help bring this level of violence down and get folks to learn to settle disputes in a different way, we’re certainly willing to do it," said Chief Hadley.
Neighbors say it’s hard for them to feel comfortable in their own home and that they have not seen crime on this level in their neighborhood before.
“There has been suspicious activity, but to hear that somebody was shot multiple times right around the corner from where I’m homeschooling my two kids, and I also have a baby, is really, really scary," said residents Mason Lewis and Jessica Huguley.
“It’s very alarming. Makes you kind of scared to go out and have your kids play or just go out and walk your dog in the evening," said resident Aerial Strickland.
Neighbors say they feel like they can’t be safe in their own neighborhood even during broad daylight.
“It’s even more alarming because as you’re outside during the day you see kids running around. You know, people don’t expect things like that to happen," said Strickland.
Neighbors say they’re going to take several precautionary measures to keep themselves safe.
“Any time I’m home and away my doors are locked," said Strickland.
“Keeping everything locked up. Doors locked, windows locked at all times," said Lewis and Huguley.
Police also say there is not a threat to the public and they do have extra patrols in the area.
Anyone with information regarding either shooting is asked to call Chatham County Police Department detectives at 912-651-4717 or CrimeStoppers at 912-234-2020.