4 people injured during after-party shooting in Statesboro

Published: Sep. 23, 2023 at 4:31 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 25, 2023 at 4:17 PM EDT
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STATESBORO, Ga. (WTOC) - Police say shooters are still on the loose after a shooting in Statesboro early Saturday morning left three people with gunshot wounds and another with a broken leg after trying to run away.

This shooting happened in between the areas of Johnson Street and Pine Street.

Captain Jared Akins with the Statesboro Police Department says officers were in the area of the shooting when they started hearing gunshots.

“Immediately start hearing the sounds of gun fire, fairly rapid gunfire, a large number of shots,” said Captain Jared Akins, Statesboro Police Department.

As officers approached the multi-block scene with hundreds of people, they say gunshots were still being fired.

“They see an individual running with a firearm, with an AR style pistol, away from that area. Couple of the officers give chase and get him into custody,” said Captain Akins.

Then, Captain Akins says officers started looking for anyone who was hurt.

He says they found someone with a leg injury. Others who were hurt were already at the hospital.

“But three other individuals presented at East Georgia with gunshot wounds of varying degrees,” said Captain Akins.

One of those victims was later taken to Memorial Hospital in Savannah by helicopter where he remains.

The other two victims have been released.

Although the police department was able to get one of the shooters in custody, Captain Akins says they’re still looking for more.

“There were multiple firearms, multiple shooters in that crowd and those are the ones we need to identify,” said Captain Akins.

That’s why he’s asking for your help to find them.

“We know there were, you know, just a ton of potential witnesses in this crowd and what we need for them is to come forward, tell us what they saw,” said Captain Akins,

Akins says he hopes witnesses come forward soon as this investigation continues.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Captain Jared Atkins at 912-764-9911. You can also submit an anonymous tip here or by texting 274637 and entering “TIPSSPD” plus your message.