One man injured, dozens of shots fired in second weekend shooting

Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church located at the intersection of Cherry and 8th streets, as well as an 8th Street residence, were struck by gunfire in a Saturday evening shooting that left one man injured and dozens of bullets littering the street. Photo credit: Sheila Mathews

Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church located at the intersection of Cherry and 8th streets, as well as an 8th Street residence, were struck by gunfire in a Saturday evening shooting that left one man injured and dozens of bullets littering the street. Photo credit: Sheila Mathews

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

The Griffin Police Department is investigating a second shooting of the weekend – and incident that occurred in the vicinity of Tinsley and 8th streets and left dozens of shell casings littering the street.

The victim, 23-year-old Claudarius Franklin, of Griffin, sustained a single through-and-through gunshot wound to the calf.

Lt. Mike Richardson, of the GPD Criminal Investigation Division, said the incident was not directly reported to authorities.

“Mr. Franklin said he was walking down the sidewalk on 8th Street at Tinsley, looking down at this phone, when he was shot in the leg,” Richardson said. “He said he heard four gunshots and felt a pain in his leg. He had his sister drive him to the hospital.”

Officials say Franklin reported not seeing who shot him, and despite his statement to investigators, physical evidence at the scene differs.

“Approximately 24 casings were found in the roadway in the 400 block of 8th Street, which to us looks like return fire,” Richardson said. “Mr. Franklin was allegedly shot in the vicinity of Tinsley and 8th, and 30 or 40 feet away is where we found the casings. About 50 to 75 yards further north, there was glass in the street as if from a broken vehicle window, but there were no vehicles with broken windows. He (Franklin) never said anything about a vehicle or called it a drive by, but based on the evidence at the scene, I would say that’s what it looks like.

No other injuries were reported, but one residence was found to have been struck in the incident.

“The house at 424 N. 8th St. was struck up high in the soffit, but no injuries were reported,” Richardson said. “Then on Sunday, it was discovered the church located at 8th and Cherry streets was also struck by gunfire. It’s a brick building and a bullet was found lodged in the back.”

This shooting followed the Friday night murder of 49-year-old Walter Horton, who was shot and killed in an alleged home invasion-robbery at 223 W. Tinsley St.

Witnesses reported two black males wearing masks and gloves entered the residence, demanding everyone get down on the ground and “give it up.”

Three shots were fired, with Horton sustaining wounds to his left arm and chest.

Investigators do not have any information linking the Saturday night shooting with Harmon’s murder.

Richardson said the public’s assistance is an important component in arresting those involved in a number of recent shootings and drive by incidents. “We will support them 100 percent if they come forward,” he said.

Anyone with information pertaining to either of these shootings is asked to please contact Richardson at 770.229.6450 or mrichardson@cityofgriffin.com.

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Comments

  1. Jacqueline Campbell says:

    His correct name is Walter Horton.

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