Wayne Co. Sheriff’s Office searching for suspect in deadly shooting

Published: Feb. 4, 2023 at 9:03 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 4, 2023 at 11:30 PM EST
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WAYNE CO., Ga. (WTOC) - The Wayne County Sheriff’s office is searching for a suspect involved in a deadly shooting.

Deputies are looking for 29-year-old Lanis Brown. He is considered armed and dangerous.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office says the shooting took place just after 11 a.m. on Friday.

It happened on Community Circle off Rayonier Road in Jesup.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as Zakkary Johnson.

WTOC spoke with a man who lives near where the shooting happened.

He says he wasn’t home at the time but that he knew Johnson.

“A boy lost his life yesterday for really no reason. I mean, you know, it’s sad the way things go sometimes. I just hate for Zak, his mom, and his brother. I know they’re all grieving.”

The man says he believes the shooting happened following an altercation between Johnson and the suspect Lanis Brown.

“Who knows what the real reason was. Only them two know.”

He says the community is grappling with this deadly shooting as this area remains on alert while Brown is still at large.

“Last night, I walked out here, and just. all I could do was say a little prayer for the people, you know? Because they need it, and their families need it.”

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to give them a call.

Call this number if you have any information 912-427-5970 or 912-427-5993.