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Neighbors react to Cordele murder investigation

James Smith was arrested Sunday morning in Perry, GA. (Source: WALB) James Smith was arrested Sunday morning in Perry, GA. (Source: WALB)
Martha Mobley said she is the aunt of one of the victims. (Source: WALB) Martha Mobley said she is the aunt of one of the victims. (Source: WALB)
Mattie Jones said the community needs to come together after tragedies like this. (Source: WALB) Mattie Jones said the community needs to come together after tragedies like this. (Source: WALB)
Cordele Police responded to the shooting Saturday morning on the 400 block of East 21st avenue. (Source: WALB) Cordele Police responded to the shooting Saturday morning on the 400 block of East 21st avenue. (Source: WALB)
CORDELE, GA (WALB) -

Sheena Jones' aunt said she can't believe this shooting happened on her street, let alone, that her niece is now fighting for her life in the hospital.

Neighbors said it's tough, but its when tragedy strikes that communities join closer together. 

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"What I saw on yesterday, I saw the community coming out," said Mattie Jones, who has lived in this neighborhood for 10 years. "being concerned about what's going on in the neighborhood."

Mattie Jones said this was the first time this neighborhood has seen gun violence at this level. 

"It was hard to sleep, to think about the young ladies, the one that lost their life and the one that's struggling to live," she said. 

Cordele Police responded to the shooting Saturday morning on the 400 block of East 21st Avenue.

Officers found Shawna Ware, 31, dead, and Sheena Jones, 33, shot.

Jones is still in critical condition at the hospital.

Her aunt Martha Mobley said she would have never expected something like this to happen in this home.

"I know that they're good people, so whatever went on in there, I hate that it happened," said Mobley.

With a suspect, James Smith of Cordele, now in custody, Mattie Jones said she does not believe he's from her side of town. 

"Never seen him in the neighborhood, and I do feel like this is someone that's coming in from the outside that's perpetrating on us like this."

She said she's now praying for the two victims. But now, she feels she can never be too careful.

"I feel that if the neighborhood comes together, we should watch out for each other," she said. 

Investigators say they did interview murder suspect James Smith Sunday.

They're still trying to find a motive behind this shooting. 

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