Monday night drive-by shooting marks third in three weeks

Sheila A. Mathews :::

Investigators with the Griffin Police Department are following up on leads from Monday night’s drive-by shooting that resulted in one man being critically injured.

According to Lt. Mike Richardson, the victim, who is not being identified, is described as a black male in his early 30s. He sustained four gunshot wounds in the attack, but was able to make a statement prior to being transported for medical treatment.

“He was conscious and alert when officers arrived on the scene,” Richardson said. “He was walking on 2nd Street between E. Chappell and E. Central when a car pulled up and fired several rounds, striking him four times. He was shot in the shoulder, arm, thigh and lower part of the right leg.”

The victim told responding officers the shots were fired from a Toyota.

Richardson said the victim is thought to reside in that general area and was allegedly alone when the incident took place.

“I was told there are no witnesses and no one is giving statements,” he said. “We have no witnesses at this point.”

Richardson said Investigator Chip Johns is working lead on this case, and stated the victim was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center where he is listed today in critical, but stable condition, and is awaiting surgery later Tuesday.

Officials have confirmed physical evidence was recovered at the scene of Monday night’s drive-by.

“They recovered two shell casings from what appears to be rifle rounds,” Richardson said.

In light of multiple recent drive-by shootings, he was asked if the evidence from Monday’s shooting bore any resemblance to other nearby incidents.

“Yes, at one of the other recent shootings, there were rifle rounds similar to the incident last night,” Richardson said, citing a drive-by that occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. Dec. 30. “It was at 739 E. Central Ave. – they shot several rounds into a house, and several casings that were the same caliber as last night were recovered.

In addition to Monday night and the Dec. 30 incident, a third drive-by took place just after midnight Jan. 15.

That drive-by targeted 211 E. Broadway St. and resulted in several rounds being fired into the residence.

All three incidents occurred within approximately five blocks of one another.

Richardson said investigators currently have no information indicating Monday’s drive-by was gang-related.

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