Four people shot, one person killed, in Butts County

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

Four people have been shot and one person has died in a Butts County shooting. The incident occurred Tuesday night.

Three of the victims only recently moved from Griffin to Butts County.

According to Sheriff Gary Long, the incident was initially reported as an active shooter situation.

“The deputies were dispatched to an active shooter. The caller said multiple people were shot. They had a two-minute response, but when they arrived, the people were already gone,” Long said, adding that there was a delay in the crime being reported. “Once we started looking, from the time the shots were fired to the time the victims actually called – they’re the ones who reported it – there was a delay. Not a great delay, but a lot longer than I would expect.”

Long said three people were present at the Butts County residence when a second group arrived.

“It appears an altercation took place and the group that was there visiting pulled out some pistols and began firing. They hit one guy multiple times and he is deceased. Another guy was shot a couple of times and he survived. A girl was shot, and she survived, and another guy with the other party was shot and he survived,” Long said. “It’s early on, but right now it appears that one side of the argument was doing all the firing and unfortunately, there were some casualties from their own side being struck.”

The three individuals who were initially present at the residence are from Griffin and had recently moved to Butts County.

“All three that were at the house, they were from Griffin, but they had moved to this house in the county about a month ago,” Long said. “The suspects that we’re tracking are not from Griffin and they are not from Butts County.”

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting in this investigation.

The victims and suspects have not been publicly identified. Long said additional information will be made available as the investigation continues.

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