Sheriff: Investigators suspect victim was sole shooting target

The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office continues its investigation into the Thursday shooting of an as-of-yet unidentified woman in the Garden Gate Apartment complex off Futral Road.

Authorities responded to the scene at approximately 8:30 p.m. after receiving a call referencing a person having been shot.

Upon their arrival, deputies discovered an apartment unit riddled with bullet holes. The victim, who sustained a single gunshot wound, was located inside her residence. She was subsequently transported to an Atlanta trauma unit where she underwent surgery.

Sheriff Wendell Beam said she remains hospitalized in stable condition.

Due to the nature of the crime, he said officials are withholding the victim’s name and age.

“There was one other person at the residence at the time of the shooting, but he was in another area and was uninjured,” Beam said.

According to Beam, investigators believe the victim was clearly the intended target.

“We’re moving forward on the belief that this woman was targeted,” he said. “That’s the best we can tell now. It’s a bad situation because many shots were fired, and they were all targeted at the door and window of this one apartment, so we don’t have any reason to believe anyone else could have been the target of this shooting.”

He said investigators have collected physical evidence from the scene, but are unable to quantify the number of shots fired.

“At this time, I do not have that information, but it was numerous gunshots that were fired into the house,” he said. “They’ve obtained some physical evidence from the scene and they’re still running tests on the bullet fragments and projectiles the did recover to determine what type of weapon was used.”

Beam said investigators were continuing to canvass the apartment complex in search of witnesses and information.

“Information is really sketchy at this time. Investigators are still out trying to contact residents, but so far, everyone is saying they didn’t see anything,” he said. “We’re asking residents who may have seen or heard anything suspicious to contact the Sheriff’s Office or call 911.”

Investigator Paige Holmes may be contacted at 770-467-4282.

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