1 person injured in shooting in Vidalia

Published: Feb. 8, 2023 at 8:51 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 9, 2023 at 4:56 PM EST
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VIDALIA, Ga. (WTOC) - One man is recovering after being shot, at least two times, in Vidalia and police are now looking for the four suspects they believe were involved.

Police Chief James Jermon says Wednesday’s shooting was the second one so far this year. As he always reiterates, just one shooting is too many.

Around 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, police were called out to a shooting in the 300 block of Epstein Street. Police said the victim was shot multiple times and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Chief Jermon says they believe the victim was targeted and described the suspects as four men driving a silver Nissan with a Florida license plate. He says the car was spotted, on a nearby camera and was seen driving through the neighborhood at least ten times before the suspects walked up and shot the victim.

Chief Jermon says they don’t know the motive at this time, but they hope more witnesses including the victim will give more information that can lead them to an arrest.

Chief Jermon says in 2022, the department responded to 17 shots fired calls. Of those calls, five people were shot and 3 died.

Chief Jermon says with two shootings and two victims already this year, he wonders when it’ll ever stop.

“Why is it that we have to go to a gun? Why is it always that’s the first choice? A gun, why is that? Is that what cowards do? It always has to start with a gun and it runs fear, it really does, it runs fear through your community.”

Chief Jermon says they hope to make a quick arrest or arrests in this case.

If you have any information, you are asked to call Sergeant Shannon Martin with the Investigative Services Division at 912-537-4123.