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Bainbridge Public Safety: Firework incidents may be hate crime

Investigators say the first incident happened near the Dairy Queen off Shotwell Street (Source: WALB) Investigators say the first incident happened near the Dairy Queen off Shotwell Street (Source: WALB)
Bainbridge Public Safety Investigator Chip Nix (Source: WALB) Bainbridge Public Safety Investigator Chip Nix (Source: WALB)
BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -

Three people, including two children, are recovering Thursday after Bainbridge Public Safety officers said fireworks were shot at them.

Police said these were two separate incidents that happened.

Investigators said the first incident happened at 9:30 p.m. near the Dairy Queen off Shotwell Street on July 4th.

Officers believe people in a gray Dodge pickup truck shot a firework from the truck window directly at a 12-year-old girl.

The truck is believed to be driven by a white male with multiple passengers.

The grandmother of that little girl said Wednesday was the girl's birthday and she had to spend it in a lot of pain, with severe injuries.

“It was alleged that there was possibly intent involved,” said Bainbridge Public Safety Investigator Chip Nix.

The grandmother said she believes this could have been a hate crime and her granddaughter could have been targeted for her race.

Bainbridge Investigators wouldn’t say whether they believe race was involved. They said they have to first find out who is responsible for this.

“A lot of times you have people throw them at the direction of other people. Which in these incidents is what happens. They have burns, your injuries could range right up to death,” said Nix.

The second incident happened around 10 p.m. on July 4th.

A woman and her daughter were hit by a firework at the boat basin in Bainbridge.

Investigators say a young group of men shot a firework at them, also causing injuries in this case.

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