Bainbridge man found shot; GBI investigates

Bainbridge man found shot; GBI investigates

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WALB) - Late Wednesday night, Bainbridge Public Safety officers were dispatched to East College Street in reference to shots fired.

Officers arrived and noticed two vehicles with bullet holes parked behind the house. As they searched the area around the vehicles, they found a man lying face down on the ground, as well as empty rifle casings and small-caliber handgun rounds at the scene and in the alley behind the house.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Crime Scene Unit was called to work the scene. The deceased man has been identified as Alfred Lee Smith, 28, of Bainbridge.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about the shooting, or the persons involved, is asked to call a Bainbridge Public Safety investigator at (229) 248-2038 or by email here. Anonymous tips can also be submitted here.

We have a look at the man Bainbridge Police say was killed in a shooting last night.

Less than 24 hours later, this victim’s mother is speaking out.

“Right now, I am torn to pieces,” said Sophia Smith, mother of the victim.

28-year-old Alfred Smith was killed in a late-night shooting in Bainbridge.

His mother said Alfred was the only son she had.

“I mean you took somebody away from me. He has kids and you took him away from his kids. And I just feel so bad about this whole thing,” said Smith.

Smith said her son used to hang out often at the house where he was killed.

She said she didn’t expect any of this, and from what she knows, no one was out to hurt her son.

“I just got off of work and was sitting in my car and I heard the five gunshots, and I knew immediately that something had happened,” said Smith.

At a loss for words, Smith doesn't understand and wants to know why someone would do this.

“I’m so hurt. I didn’t know that someone could just hate him so badly, to just kill him. To take him away from his kids,” explained Smith.

Smith said all she has now is the pictures and memories of her son, who she knows was loved by many.

“I just hope they catch whoever it is because it will give me some peace. I feel sorry for you for doing this because you got to have a cold heart to kill somebody’s child and go home and act like it’s nothing. Justice will be served by the help of God,” said Smith.

We spoke to a person who lives in the neighborhood.

She said she heard shots ring out.

She said they were so loud, it sounded like someone was banging on her back door.

“It just makes me sad. It makes me worry more about my babies and my son. You never expect things to happen until it happens. I just saw the victim last Thursday...happy go lucky, friendly, engaging. I wouldn’t think that that would be the last time I see him, you know? You never know,” she told us.

The neighbor also says she's never heard anything like this happen in the area.

Coroner Dewitt Phillips said the body was sent to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy.

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