2 killed in separate Bainbridge shooting incidents

Two deadly shooting incidents in Bainbridge are under investigation.
Published: Dec. 15, 2022 at 11:27 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2022 at 9:05 PM EST
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BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WALB) - Two deadly shooting incidents in Bainbridge are under investigation, according to Bainbridge Public Safety (BPS).

The first happened on Wednesday, around 11:45 p.m., in the 900 block of Anderson Street. Police responded to a shots fired call. Police said one victim, a 19-year-old woman, was deceased, and another was taken to Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound.

“The initial investigation indicates that the shooting was a result of a verbal dispute,” BPS officials said in a release.

The second shooting happened around 8 a.m. on Thursday. One person was found dead at Landmark Apartments on Gordon Avenue.

Multiple Decatur County Schools went into an “enhanced” but not total lockdown due to the proximity of the shooting to the schools, according to a law enforcement official. The lockdowns were lifted after they found no direct threat to any schools.

“Bainbridge Public Safety assisted by the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office and the GBI is currently investigating both shooting incidents at this time. Investigators are interviewing witnesses and following up on leads,” BPS officials said in a release.

Police are questioning a man about his possible involvement in connection to the Anderson Street shooting. Police also said they believe he knows people that live at Landmark Apartments.

Frank Green, BPS director, said families are suffering because of the recent violence.

“There’s never anything that’s worth somebody’s life. That’s concerning to us. We don’t want that type of activity going on. Human life is very important. And it’s just concerning,” Green said.

Police are looking into if the two shootings are connected.

WALB News 10 spoke with the girlfriend of the man that was killed in the apartment complex shooting.

The victim’s girlfriend said they reached out to police multiple times after getting threats of someone shooting up their house. It’s unclear if they knew who was giving the threat.

Green said he specifically did not know of any threats made but said BPS and the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office have increased their presence after the first shooting incident.

“I know emotions are high. This morning, we had no direct credible threat that there would be a shooting. We did, as a result of the first shooting, bring in more people. Police department, sheriff’s department and GSP to beef up the patrol in the area,” Green said.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call Bainbridge Public Safety at (229) 248-2038.