Eatonton shooting

Crime Scene Specialist Brian Hargrove of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 6 Office in Milledgeville takes photographs of the wooden steps leading to the entrance of a single-wide mobile home in Eatonton where a young man was shot Monday afternoon.

EATONTON, Ga. — A 19-year-old Eatonton remained in critical condition at a Macon hospital Monday evening after being shot in the head earlier in the day at his residence, local authorities say.

Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence identified the victim as Jayden Mason.

The victim was in critical condition at The Medical Center, Navicent Health in Macon.

Mason was treated at the scene by firefighters/first responders with Eatonton Fire Rescue and personnel with Putnam County Emergency Medical Services before being taken to the VFW post where he was placed on a AirEvac helicopter from Milledgeville and flown to the hospital.

Lawrence said the victim sustained the gunshot wound earlier in the afternoon at his residence off Williams Lane, which runs off Church Street in Eatonton.

Police were called to the scene of the shooting at 2:43 p.m.

Lawrence said when he and Investigator Howell Cardwell got the single-wide mobile home where Mason and three other young men lived, they discovered the victim laying on the living room floor with what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to the head.

“Right now, all I can say is that we are in the process of investigating a shooting,” Lawrence told reporters at the scene. “I can’t say what happened for sure, because we don’t know just yet.”

The police chief said he immediately called the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 6 Office in Milledgeville for assistance with the shooting investigation. Several agents came to the scene, including GBI Crime Scene Specialist Brian Hargrove.

Lawrence said three young men reportedly were inside the residence at the time of the shooting. All three were detained and questioned by Cardwell and GBI agents at Eatonton Police Headquarters. After they answered questions from authorities, all three of them released.


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