A toddler was shot in north Macon and rushed to the hospital in critical condition late Thursday afternoon.
Terrion Rice, who will turn 2 on Friday, was wounded on the front porch of a small brick house with white awnings in the 4500 block of Ayers Road.
Emotions were high among the two dozen or so people who stood on the lawn as deputies began to cordon off the road with crime scene tape.
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Investigators, who are trying to determine what happened, are “receiving conflicting stories,” Bibb County sheriff’s Sgt. Linda Howard told The Telegraph.
Neighbors told The Telegraph they did not hear anything and did not know what happened.
At least two young men were taken away in the back of a patrol car.
Six Bibb County sheriff’s patrol cars were lined along the street at Bon Ayer Circle.
Four more arrived later, along with Sheriff David Davis.
“It seems that there was some conflict between the people who were in the house and whoever may have been out on the street in the vehicle,” the sheriff said.
In addition to Terrion, about five other children were in the house during the shooting shortly before 5 p.m. All were under 8 years old.
The sheriff said “this is a tragic situation.”
“When adults go out and shoot one another, that is one thing,” he said. “But when you have these street hoodlums out here doing ... these drive-bys, a bullet doesn’t have a conscience. A bullet doesn’t have a mind to determine whether it is going to go into a child or an adult. These are adult fights. We don’t need to bring the children into them.”