New details from early-morning shooting at teen party
It began as a going-away party for local teens who soon will go off to college, and it ended as a crime scene.
Blue lights converged on the 120 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive early Sunday morning, as two teenagers were shot during a house party. No arrests had been made as of Sunday evening, although the Milledgeville Police Department is "working some solid leads," according to Maj. Linc Boyer.
An 18-year-old male was shot three times, twice in the torso and once in the foot. He's currently at a Macon hospital and listed in "critical but stable condition," according to investigators. A 14-year-old male, meanwhile, was shot once in the neck but never lost consciousness. He was listed in stable condition, as of Sunday evening.
Investigators believe that the incident most likely is gang-related.
Coincidentally, around this same time last July, multiple people were shot during a teen party off of Dunlap Road.
The incident this morning set off a high-speed chase through town. According to a Milledgeville Police Department press release, "Boyer arrived in the area of the shooting and observed another black sedan leaving the scene at a high rate of speed with the back passenger side door open and no hazard lights activated. Several bystanders were pointing and yelling at the occupants of the car and stating they had a gun. Major Boyer attempted to stop the vehicle, but it failed to stop when he activated his blue lights and siren, and continued south on North Wilkinson Street, then west on West Charlton Street before turning south on North Columbia Street. Due to the nature of the call and high pedestrian traffic in the downtown area, Major Boyer, with assistance from Detective Michael Mcleroy, used their patrol vehicles and made forcible contact with the fleeing vehicle to bring it to a stop on North Columbia Street at the intersection of West Thomas Street."
Upon approaching the vehicle, law enforcement officers spotted a man in the back seat "suffering from multiple gunshot wounds." Added the press release: "Officers immediately escorted the vehicle to the hospital and turned the subject over to hospital personnel. The male was transported to an area hospital."
Anyone with any information is asked to call 478-414-4090 and ask to speak to a detective, or call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 478-742-2330.