A double shooting in Garden City on Tuesday evening left one person dead and another injured in a neighborhood that is experiencing an uptick in gun violence this year.
According to Garden City Police Chief Gilbert Ballard, on Sept. 22 just after 7 p.m. two people were shot on 6th Street near Highway 80, with one victim struck in the chest and the other struck in the leg.
After Garden City police arrived at the scene, both victims were transported to be hospitalized, where one victim died from gunshot wounds.
No arrests have been made in connection to the case as of Wednesday morning. The identities of the victims are being withheld pending notification of next of kin for the deceased.
Garden City police were assisted at the scene by the Pooler Police Department and the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. Ballard said that the case has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
“It’s just so aggravating,” Ballard said of Tuesday’s shooting, which is the fifth fatal shooting incident in Garden City during 2020 after no homicides were reported there in 2018 or 2019. “These shootings are random. … We’re aggressively patrolling that area.”
On Sept. 13, a solemn procession to demonstrate against gun violence was held in the neighborhood of Tuesday night’s double shooting. Following this incident, four people have been fatally shot in the neighborhood this year, including an 11-year-old boy in April.
Anyone with information about Tuesday night’s double shooting is encouraged to call the CrimeStoppers tip line at 912-234-2020. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.