UPDATE: Americus police “hope” to make arrests in Wednesday’s shooting soon

Americus Shooting Follow up

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - Police in Americus are investigating a shooting that left one person injured Wednesday, according to the Americus Police Department.

Octavius Shamun Ross, 25, of Americus, was identified as the victim, Police Chief Mark Scott said.

“Definitely interview the victim as soon as he’s able to talk,” Scott said. "He was rushed to the hospital by private vehicle we have interviewed the people that took him to the hospital. We’re still working on interviewing witnesses. We’re doing door to door canvas through that neighborhood and trying to identify people who may have seen what happened.”

On Thursday, a Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital spokeswoman said Ross was in “good” condition.

Scott said around 4:15 a.m., officers responded to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center to a person with gunshot wounds. Law enforcement was not able to speak with the victim because of his condition, explained Scott.

“There was no victim of any shooting on the scene. About thirty minutes later we were notified that a gunshot victim had arrived at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center,” Scott said.

The shooting is believed to have happened in the 200 block of Academy Street where police responded to a shots fired call around 3:45 a.m.

Scott said they are working the with Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to determine what led to the shooting and identify those involved.

Shirley Moye, a retired nurse of 40 years who lives on Academy Street, told WALB she vividly remembers making the 911 call.

"That was my first instinct was to call 911, and when I got out here and saw my truck had been shot up, I was like ‘wow,’” said Moye.

Moye said after hearing the gunshots, there was no going back to bed.

"I wanted to be up just in case we had to take off or something like that because if it’s a shooting, we’re not use to that, not use to that,” Moye said.

Scott said a motive is unknown and there are no suspects in custody.

“Hope to have an announcement meeting Monday, with arrests,” said Scott.

The GBI and the Americus Police Department are investigating the shooting. The GBI declined to comment Wednesday.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Americus Police Department at (229) 937-9011 or the GBI at (229) 931-2439.

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