Glynn Co. Police investigating fatal shooting on St. Simons Island

Published: May. 20, 2023 at 3:55 PM EDT
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GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - The Glynn County Police Department has arrested Ricky Easterling, 50, after an early morning shooting left one woman dead on St. Simons Island.

According to police, officers responded to a shots fired call just after 1 AM Saturday in the parking lot of the Retreat Village Shopping Plaza.

When they arrived, police say they found Dawn Newbauer, 52, with a gunshot wound to her upper body. Lifesaving measures were attempted, however, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Easterling was booked into the Glynn County Detention Center and is charged with felony murder, two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Glynn County police say evidence recovered from the scene helped detectives identify and locate a person of interest, who was known to the victim.

GCPD detectives secured search warrants that they say led to the recovery of a firearm and other key evidence believed to be used in the case.

Newbauer’s body was taken to the GBI lab in Pooler, where an autopsy will be conducted.

The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call (912) 264-1333.