Teenager killed in weekend shooting in Statesboro

Published: Aug. 21, 2023 at 10:52 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 21, 2023 at 5:53 PM EDT
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STATESBORO, Ga. (WTOC) - A teenager was shot and killed in Statesboro on Sunday evening.

According to the Statesboro Police Department, 17-year-old Jabari Walker was shot in the 100 block of Ladd Circle. He was taken to the hospital where he died.

Officers responded to the reported shooting call around 8:40 p.m. The police department said this seems like a targeted and not random shooting.

Police say they can’t remember the last time they had a call on this street, in a longtime neighborhood, just a few doors from a church.

Cars came and went from the home Walker shared with his parents on Ladd Circle near the intersection with Lynn Avenue.

Police say neighbors called 911 for what they thought were fireworks. Police got there and found Walker shot in the yard. Detectives spent the morning talking to neighbors, looking for any clues.

“We need any camera footage that people might have. If anybody saw anything that stuck out as usual, we need them to come forward and contact us. It might be nothing, but it might be everything,” said Capt. Jared Akins with Statesboro Police.

He says they’re also contacting Walker’s friends to try to figure out a suspect and a motive.

“We do think this was specific to this location, to this individual. We don’t think it was random.”

Any information about a possible suspect(s) was not provided by police.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Senior Detective Katie Reese at 912-764-9911or submit an anonymous tip to www.tipsoft.com or by texting 274637 and entering “TIPSSPD” plus your message.