Man accused of shooting a kid and a puppy in Duplex City


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Both a 16-year-old boy and his dog are at home recovering after being shot over the weekend in Duplex City.

Arrested on a myriad of charges was Jacquavious Ke'Andre James, 20, who lives on nearby Anthony Way. All totaled, James is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, as well as one count each of felony cruelty to children, cruelty to animals and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Gunshots rang out in the Duplex City/Grandview Drive neighborhood around 9:30 Saturday night. In the process, three different parked vehicles were struck by gunfire. Multiple shell casings from two different handguns – a 40 caliber and a 9 millimeter – were recovered in the roadway in the 2310 block of Laura Court.

The juvenile sustained a gunshot wound to his leg and was rushed to Atrium Health Navicent Baldwin, where he was later released, while the puppy was rushed to the Animal Hospital of Milledgeville. The puppy was struck twice, according to a Milledgeville Police Department press release, once in the leg and once in the abdomen. 

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The puppy was released from the Animal Hospital on Tuesday.

"He was wagging his tail the whole time – one tough puppy," said Jamie Brown with the Animal Hospital. "We sent him home with antibiotics and pain meds, and he's feeling much better."

Wrote Dr. Cheryl Council, the veterinarian at the Animal Hospital, on her Facebook page: "This is Ace, and he is a five month old Pitbull mix. Ace and his human were both victims of a drive-by shooting...A bullet shattered Ace’s right tibia, and shrapnel embedded in the wall of his abdomen but did not penetrate inside the abdomen to reach vital organs. A bullet also went completely through his prepuce. An inch further back would have penetrated the penis and caused a disastrous wound for Ace. We had Ace out for treatment and let him run around, while all of us loved on him. He’s a very sweet pup, and his tail never stopped wagging. An Officer from Milledgeville Police came with the young man (in a cast and on crutches) to visit Ace, look at his wounds, and view the radiographs...We’re just thankful both will be okay."

Pic courtesy of Cheryl Council's Facebook page

The case remains active, as there were "several male suspects who were standing in the area" at the time of the shooting, as well as shell casings from two different guns.

"Anyone with information related to this incident can contact the Milledgeville Police Department’s non-emergency number at 478-414-4090 and ask for Detective Nick Reonas. Tips can also be made through Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 478-742-2330," according to the MPD press release

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