GPD investigating three drive-by shootings in three days; young child shot now home recovering

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

The Griffin Police Department is investigating three drive-by shootings that have occurred within three days of one another.

The first incident took place at Regency Apartments at approximately 7:10 p.m. Monday evening.

Lt. Tony Thomason was called out in response to several shots fired at the H building.

According to Thomason, this incident involved two weapons – an SKS rifle and .40 caliber handgun.

“I would say the (shots fired) total is upwards of a dozen between the handgun rounds and rifle rounds,” he said. “According to people we spoke to in the affected building, they were in their apartments when they heard the shots fired. Several rounds penetrated apartments, but no one was struck.”

He said the investigation is ongoing, but that no witnesses have been willing to step forward.

“At this time, we’ve not been able to establish a motive for the shooting or identify who the intended target was,” Thomason said.

The second and third incidents occurred within hours of each other.

The second took place at 610 Lane St., and left two people injured, including a young child.

Authorities say Gloria Davis, 37, sustained a gunshot wound to the buttocks/hip area and her four-year-old daughter, Miracle Morgan, was shot in the back in this second drive-by.

Both victims were transported by ambulance to the emergency room of Spalding Regional Hospital where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

As of Thursday morning, Davis and Morgan had both been released.

In addition to the two gunshot victims, two others were present in the residence at the time the shooting occurred.

“There were two other subjects in the house that were not injured at the time of the shooting. The other individuals that were in the house at the time of the incident were the father of Miracle, Orlando Morgan, 32-years-old, also from Griffin, and the mother’s 11-year-old son, Kayden Davis. Neither Kayden nor Orlando were injured,” said Lt. Mike Richardson.

He said investigators have no information regarding the intended targets of the shooting, and no witnesses have come forward to assist authorities.

“A witness reported hearing multiple gunshots and then hearing tires screeching, but that’s it,” Richardson said. “Otherwise, all we have is street talk and rumors, but no witnesses were willing to go on the record.”

However, he said he does not believe the location of the second drive-by was random.

“We don’t believe the house was random, but I don’t believe Gloria and Miracle were the targets,” he said.

As in Monday’s incident at Regency Apartments, approximately one dozen shots were fired in the Lane Street incident.

The third drive-by occurred hours later at approximately 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

“It was at a house about two blocks away, on 9th Street,” Richardson said, adding that the home’s occupants did not report the incident. “The people in the home weren’t very concerned about it. In fact, the people in the house never actually called the police. Officers in the area heard the shots fired and were able to figure out which house it was.”

As in the two previous drive-by incidents this week, no witnesses in the 9th Street shooting provided investigators with information.

In the wake of these incidents, Chief Steve Heaton is taking immediate steps to prevent further violence.

“We’re not waiting for the next shoe to drop. We had a meeting with the Chief today and he wants to beef up patrols in the area to try to take some preventative action. The SIU (Special Investigation Unit) is also going to assist in the monitoring the area, hopefully to thwart any future incidents,” Richardson said. “We are actively seeking information on these three cases and working to prevent further incidents.”

Anyone with information pertaining to these incidents is asked to contact the GPD at 770.229.6450.

Lt. Tony Thomason is the lead investigator in the Regency Apartments incident and can also be reached at tthomason@cityofgriffin.com; Sgt. Dwayne Hancock is the lead investigator in the Lane Street incident and can also be reached at dhancock@cityofgriffin.com; and Sgt. Karen Yancey is the lead investigator in the 9th Street incident and can also be reached at kyancey@cityofgriffin.com.

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