GANG VIOLENCE: Six shootings, one stabbing since Friday believed to be gang-related


The Griffin Police Department and the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a series of seven violent crimes that have occurred in only six days.
According to Griffin Police Chief Steve Heaton, the city cases are suspected to be gang-related, and Spalding County Sheriff Wendell Beam has confirmed the two county cases are, as well.
All seven incidents are also believed to be interconnected.
The first incident took place at the Vaughn-Blake VFW located at 610 N. 3rd St., and was reported at 2:51 a.m. July 4.
Authorities were notified that a shooting had occurred, and while no people were injured, one vehicle – a 1999 Ford Expedition owned by Clarisa Goggins – was damaged by gunfire.
The second incident, which was reported at 2 a.m. July 6, occurred at the Red Door bar located at 551 North Expressway, leaving one person – Jamel Rashad Alston – with a stab wound.
The third incident occurred less than an hour and a half later and left three residences, located at 415, 421 and 424 8th Street, with gunshot damage. There were no injuries related to this shooting.
Physical evidence was recovered at the 8th Street scene, indicating at least four different weapons were fired in that incident.
Heaton said at least 20 casings recovered included those fired from .40-caliber, .38-caliber and 9 mm handguns, and others fired from a rifle, possible .223-caliber.
The fourth incident was a shooting at 739 E. Central Ave., and resulted in injuries to two women.
Officer Lee Ward reported that upon his arrival at the scene, a crowd estimated between 50 and 100 people had gathered in front of the residence.
Ward and Sgt. Joe Hudson then located Garrietta Battle inside the residence with a gunshot wound to the right arm.
Multiple children were also inside the residence at the time of the shooting, Ward reported.
Officers were also notified that a second gunshot victim, Isis Jackson, had been transported by private vehicle to the emergency room of Spalding Regional Hospital, where she received treatment for an injury to her forehead.
In addition to the damage sustained by the residence from multiple gunshots, two vehicles, a 1996 Toyota Camry and a 1997 Lexus ES300, also sustained gunfire.
The fifth shooting incident was reported at 11:40 p.m. Wednesday night, at 1329 Ridgeview Drive, where deputies of the SCSO were told someone had fired several shots into the residence. The house was occupied at the time, but no one was injured.
The sixth incident occurred at 1:45 a.m. at 521 N. 8th St., when multiple gunshots were once again fired, with that residence, as well as the house located at 522 N. 8th St., sustaining damage. There were no injuries reported.
At 2:04 a.m., the SCSO responded to the seventh incident, another shooting at 322 Dale Drive.
Again, it was reported that several shots had been fired into the occupied residence. No one inside the house was injured.
“The initial investigation has revealed that both (county) incidents are gang-related,” Beam said.
Heaton and Capt. Tony Ranieri, who heads up the SCSO Criminal Investigation Division, have confirmed separate investigations indicate all seven violent incidents are connected.
Anyone with information about the five city incidents is asked to contact the Griffin Police Department at 770.229.6450, and those with information about the two county incidents is asked to call the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office at 770.467.4282.



  1. This is what Griffin has become a haven for thugs. All the talk about gun control and they can’t stop these thugs from shooting but they can take an honest mans gun.

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