MILLEDGEVILLE — The Milledgeville Police Department is investigating two different Riverbend Apartments' shooting incidents that happened early New Year's Day.
Several reported emergency calls came within a few hours both claiming shots fired behind one apartment unit.
The police were dispatched to the 111 N. Lincoln St. area of Building 8 in Riverbend at 2:40 a.m. Wednesday morning in reference to shots being fired.
Seeing no one upon arrival, the responding then canvassed the area.
“As I reached the breeze way on the south end of Building 8, a black male came out of the apartment from under the stairs with a gun in his right hand. I drew my weapon and ordered him to lay the gun down. The subject laid the gun down and began to explain what was going on,” the report said.
The man, Shemario Mitchell, stated he called 911 when he heard the gunshots.
According to the report, Mitchell then said he opened the door and “that's when he saw the gun lying on the concrete at the door” and “he picked it up to keep his young nephews and nieces from getting it.”
The report said Mitchell claimed he then stepped back inside Apt. 5E and when he came back out that's when he heard the officer yelling to put the gun down.
It turns out the serial number of the weapon, an AR-15 .223 caliber rifle, came back as stolen through the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office.
The police took a written statement from Mitchell before turning the case over to the detectives division.
About two hours later at approximately 4:22 a.m. Wednesday, another city police officer arrived at the Riverbend apartment complex in reference to multiple reports of shots fired with gunshot wounds.
The reports stated the shots came from Building 8.
Upon arrival, the responding officer “immediately went to check on the victim at apartment 8D to see what kind of condition he was in.”
According to the police report, James Kenneth Johnson had been shot in the arm and was applying pressure to the wound with a towel before being escorted to an ambulance.
After seeing that the victim was in stable condition, police blocked off both ends of North Lincoln Street around Building 8 to secure the crime scene and prevent vehicles from driving through any evidence.
Officers then observed a large area of broken glass in the road between their vehicles.
The crime scene was secured and a log of everyone entering and exiting the scene was taken.
The report said multiple shell casings of different calibers were observed in front of and behind Building 8.
There were also bullet holes in Apartment B and Apartment D windows, along with bullet holes to the left of Apartment C's door, which appeared to have been shot from behind Building 8, according to the report.
A female in Riverbend Apartment C stated, “she was standing outside the door, and they went right past her head.”
Shell casings were also found in that area.
MPD discovered another bullet hole in the door of Apartment G.
Officers collected witness statements from a person speaking on a condition of anonymity and from a Riverbend resident.
The anonymous witness stated she saw three suspects around Building 8 wearing all black.
“The suspects also aimed at a van leaving Building 8 with children inside of it. The van was hit at least twice,” the report said. “The shattered glass in the roadway was from one of the windows. The van stopped at Golden Pantry and made contact with (MPD) while the 911 calls started coming in.”
Maj. Reggie Hill said the department continues having trouble at Riverbend and looks forward to completing a thorough investigation of both incidents.