Americus Police probe shooting, home invasion - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Americus Police probe shooting, home invasion

Posted: Updated:
The shooting incident happened here The shooting incident happened here
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Churches play vital role in disaster relief

    Churches play vital role in disaster relief

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:06 PM EDT2014-09-03 03:06:11 GMT
    Richard Boyd, Beattie Road Church of Christ Blood Drive CoordinatorRichard Boyd, Beattie Road Church of Christ Blood Drive Coordinator
    The Georgia Emergency Management Agency is launching a new initiative called “Praise and Preparedness” to get more churches ready to respond to a disaster.More >>
    The Georgia Emergency Management Agency is launching a new initiative called “Praise and Preparedness” to get more churches ready to respond to a disaster.More >>
  • Sylvester library shows off new renovations

    Sylvester library shows off new renovations

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:54 PM EDT2014-09-03 02:54:16 GMT
    Leigh Wiley, Library DirectorLeigh Wiley, Library Director
    The renovated library in Sylvester shows off its new look. The Margaret Jones Public Library hosted an open house Tuesday evening.More >>
    The renovated library in Sylvester shows off its new look. The Margaret Jones Public Library hosted an open house Tuesday evening.More >>
  • RiverQuarium prepares to celebrate 10th anniversary

    RiverQuarium prepares to celebrate 10th anniversary

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:49 PM EDT2014-09-03 02:49:03 GMT
    Vicki Churchman, Manager of Member and Volunteer ServicesVicki Churchman, Manager of Member and Volunteer Services
    The Flint Riverquarium is preparing to celebrate a big milestone, its 10th anniversary.On Friday and Saturday visitors can see a special portable butterfly exhibit. More >>
    The Flint Riverquarium is preparing to celebrate a big milestone, its 10th anniversary.On Friday and Saturday visitors can see a special portable butterfly exhibit. More >>
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Americus police are investigating a shooting on the city's north side and a home invasion near Georgia Southwestern State University.

An 18-year-old Americus man is in critical condition after being shot in the stomach.

Americus Police were called to this area near the Elks Club on West Peppermint Way around 8:00 Tuesday night. Police say a group of men were looking at a handgun. Witnesses told police the gun was dropped and fired. John Tevon Smith was walking by and was shot once in the stomach.

"No indication of any fight or anything going on at this time," said Americus Police Chief James Green. "It just appears like I said, witness statements are indicating it was a group of young men looking at a firearm, a hand gun, and during the process it was dropped or thrown to the ground or something, and it discharged when it struck the ground."

Police are still trying to track down witnesses and the names of those involved. They're asking anyone with information on the incident to contact the Americus Police Department. 

About six o'clock Wednesday morning, an Americus man who was bound and gagged during a home invasion managed to call 911. Police initially weren't sure what kind of call they were responding to because the dispatcher couldn't understand the victim.

When police arrived at 950 Anthony Drive apartment 2A, they found 21-year-old Jarvis Jamar Willis lying on the floor, tied up with a belt around his neck. He told police two men assaulted him. 

"Upon them making contact with him they found out that two unknown subjects had entered his apartment, brandished a weapon, and robbed him. We had him transported to Sumter Regional," said Chief Green.

There have been as many as 10 burglaries in the area around the apartments in the last two weeks, but this is the first time someone has been confronted by the suspects.

Police are asking neighbors to keep a watchful eye out and call police if they notice anything suspicious.

©2010 WALB News. All rights reserved.   Feedback