Milledgeville charges 4 in New Year's Day shootings | News
Milledgeville police say they've arrested four people in two gang-related shootings that happened early on New Year's Day.
In one of those shootings, a man was wounded twice and a bullet barely missed an infant in a van.
"In this part of Milledgeville, they're either [Folk Nation] related or Bloods related," Detective Deidre Byrd said.
The first reported shooting happened around 2:42 a.m. on Jan. 1. After people at the Riverbend Apartments reported hearing shots, police arrived and found a man holding a semi-automatic SR-15 rifle.
The man told officers he found the gun on the ground and picked it up to give it to police. Investigators found it had been stolen in Baldwin County.
Less than two hours later, around 4:20 a.m., people reported more shots outside the River Bend.
Officers found James John, who lives at the apartments, wounded twice in the arm.
While officers were on the scene, a call came in from a nearby Golden Pantry, where several people reported being shot at outside Building 8 at Riverbend.
Witnesses showed a van that had a passenger-side window shot out, barely missing the 9-month-old infant in the passenger seat.
The driver of the van, Janice Mitchell, says she was driving people back to Riverbend after a worship service.
"The bullets were just coming from every which way," Mitchell said. "It was senseless. The kids, all of us could have been killed. For what?"
Though Riverbend has been Mitchell's home for three years, she says as soon as she gets somewhere, she plans to move.
The shootings have other Riverbend residents on edge.
They told 13WMAZ they're scared for their families, but they refused to speak on camera, saying they feared they'd be next.
Four people were arrested in the case, according to a police news release.
1. Decassio Tremaine Myric
2. Anthony Hitchcock
3. Aundare Griffin Jr.
4. Jaterrious Rashad Russell.
Anyone with information on the case can call Police Detective Deidre Bird at (478) 414-4415.