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One dead, four injured in Fitzgerald shootings

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Monitor Enrichment Center Monitor Enrichment Center

May 27, 2008

Fitzgerald -- A little after 8:15 PM Thursday night, Fitzgerald Police responded to a call about shots fired at the Monitor Enrichment Center. 

"They had a basketball game going on and one of the suspects saw the other, pulled out a gun and begun shooting. The other person around the same time pulled out a gun and returned fire," said Fitzgerald Police Chief, William Smallwood, Jr.

22 year-old Terrance Antonio Thornton was shot in the leg that night and was receiving care at a hospital in Hawkinsville. "At the time of his interview with detectives he told them that he was just an innocent bystander," said Smallwood. 

But police would later find out that Thornton would be involved in another shooting Sunday morning. Just before 2:00 AM shots were fired at the American Legion Post 536 on Airline Avenue.

When police arrived on the scene, they found the victim 28-year-old Willie Gilbert Jr. on the ground unresponsive. He was transported to Dorminey Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

Three other men were injured that night. 30-year-old Malcolm White was shot in the buttocks. 24-year-old Justin Rushawn Flowers was shot in the leg. And 27-year-old Desmond Morris was shot in the arm.

"At this point in time we don't have a motive. We have called the G.B.I. in to investigate the situation," said Smallwood. Police did arrest 25-year-old Lonnie Young and 22-year-old Terrance Thornton for felony murder.

And as investigations into these shooting continue, police realize they are lucky more people were not hurt. "It's scary that these people carry-on like this around a bunch of children and grown-ups like they did Thursday night," said Smallwood.

But they hope that with these two arrests, the gunfire related to this case will rest. Police are still interviewing witnesses from both shootings. If you have any information about this case, please call the Fitzgerald Police Department at 229-426-5000.

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