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Homerville shooting could be gang-related

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Police in a small south Georgia town think a shooting could be gang-related.

The victim remains in the hospital after that shooting Sunday in Homerville.

Police arrested a suspect they say may have committed the crime to boost his status in a gang.

Witness Frankie Mills reenacts a terrifying shooting that put her friend in the hospital.

"I done made it to the pavement and he high stepped and stuck it in there and popped him," said Mills.

It happened inside her red mustang at the Cabin in the Pines store Sunday afternoon around four.

"I'm still shook up,"said Mills.

Police say the shooter is 18-year old Zenas Taylor.

"He kept asking them if they needed something and they kept telling them no," said Homerville Police Capt. Carlos Whitley.

He pointed the gun at Mills the driver and at Baby the pooch in the back seat.

"Tell them say that bullet missed me by a quarter of an inch," said Mills on behalf of Baby.

Then shot Buck Smith who was in the passenger seat. He was hit in the arm and the abdomen.

"It came out the back seat and right there is where it went through the floor board and out to the bottom of pavement," said Mills.

Police believe it was just one shot. Mills rushed him to the hospital.

"His eyes were all milky and rolled in the back of his head," said Mills. "He had lost so much blood."

"If it turns out to be gang-related, it's just his way of bringing up his status," said Capt. Whitley.

Thankfully he's still alive and Taylor is in the Clinch County Jail charged with two counts aggravated assault, cruelty to animals, and possession of a firearm during commission of a crime.

Homerville Police say the Cabin in the Pines is under investigation for selling liquor without a license.

They say Frankie Mills and Buck Smith had just bought alcohol there when the shooting happened.


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