Crime

Milledgeville man wounded, houses hit in Baldwin County shootings

Authorities in Baldwin County are beefing up patrols after five shootings in recent days.

The violence began early Tuesday and continued into Wednesday morning, said Capt. Brad King of the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.

“We have a couple of different neighborhoods right now that are being terrorized,” King said. “We’re talking about more than a dozen rounds at each location and some as high as 25.”

Considering the historic neighborhood battlegrounds, authorities believe the incidents stem from an apparent turf battle, possibly ignited by an earlier fight or last month’s homicide at Soul Masters Club on Ga. 22.

The coroner said “many, many bullets” flew the night 21-year-old Diquan Key died June 14.

There was no shortage in variety of shell casings in the recent outbursts of gunfire that hit residences on Barnes Avenue, N. Main Street, Thomas Field Road and Baywood Drive, King said.

Four of the shootings were in the county’s jurisdiction, but one man was wounded within the city limits of Milledgeville.

A 27-year-old man was shot through the leg while inside a duplex on Whistle Way off North Columbia Street late Tuesday night, said Maj. John Davis of the Milledgeville Police Department.

Davis said authorities believe the incidents are related but the victim might have been an innocent bystander.

“Our victim, I don’t think he had anything to do with it. I think it was bad aim,” Davis said. “He was sitting inside at his computer and the bullets came through the walls.”

The injury did not appear to be life-threatening, he said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation gathered bullets and shell casings from the scenes for a potential match with any weapons recovered.

No suspects have been identified, King said, but all the mobile homes and houses hit by gunfire were occupied.

“We’re talking about houses that had children in them,” he said. “You go into a neighborhood and spray bullets everywhere and someone’s going to get hurt.”

Stray bullets also hit other homes near Harrisburg and Irwinton roads.

Wednesday night, Milledgeville detectives joined officers for extra patrols in the city.

“I think if we capture a few key players in this, a lot of this will stop,” Davis said.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office at 478-445-4893 or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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