Swint Avenue shooting

A crime scene specialist with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 6 Office in Milledgeville retrieves what is believed to be a shell casing along Swint Avenue on the campus of Renaissance Park at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville on Saturday night. The large crime scene also involves two cars that were damaged by bullets earlier in the afternoon. One man is hospitalized in Macon from a gunshot wound, while Milledgeville police officers and detectives, along with deputies from the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office continue their search for suspects in that case.

A man is hospitalized in Macon following a shooting between the occupants of two cars on the campus of Renaissance Park at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville on Saturday afternoon.

The shooting happened on Swint Avenue, directly across from the Pecan Grove where a Georgia College outdoor event was being held.

As that shooting transpired, officers with the Milledgeville Police Department also responded to a drive-by shooting on Pennington Road, about a mile and a half away from the other one that happened about 3:30 p.m. No one reportedly was injured in that shooting, authorities say.

Shortly before 9 p.m., Saturday, meanwhile, authorities were called to a drive-by shooting in the area of Barnes Avenue and McKinley Street.

No one had been arrested in connection with either of the shootings as of early Saturday night.

An eyewitness to the shooting near the caution light at Central State Hospital said he saw someone with a gun shooting at another car.

The man talked with The Union-Recorder at the scene on the condition that his name not be used.

He said he heard about 10 gunshots and that the shooter fired at the car in front of him as it went through the intersection and continued along Swint Avenue. 

The man said he called 911 from his cellphone to report the crime in progress.

He said several of the people attending the event were parents of new students at Georgia College.

Maj. Linc Boyer, road patrol commander with the Milledgeville Police Department, told the newspaper at the scene that the police department, as well as dispatchers with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office received several calls in reference to shots fired in the area of CSH.

“When units arrived on the scene, they located a car at the intersection of Swint Avenue and Bypass Road, which is behind the old laundromat,” Boyer said. “There is a car there that wrecked into a power pole.”

A man was found at the site with a gunshot wound.

“We’re not releasing his name at this time,” Boyer said, pending further investigation.

The gunshot victim was initially treated at the scene by local firefighters/first responders and personnel with Grady Emergency Medical Services. The man was later taken by ambulance from the scene of the shooting to Atrium Health Navicent at The Medical Center in Macon.

Boyer said he was unsure of the man’s medical condition.

“We have two cars that have been recovered and both of them have bullet holes in them,” Boyer said.

The cars were described as a Lincoln Town Car and an Audi. 

Authorities said both cars were seized and will be processed for evidence purposes.

Several shell casings were recovered from the crime scene. 

The MPD road patrol commander said officers and detectives are investigating the scene.

“It’s a large crime scene, and that’s why we called for assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 6 Office in Milledgeville,” Boyer said.

The occupants of the two cars apparently fled the scene on foot before police officers and deputies arrived.

Anyone with information about either of these shootings on Saturday is asked to call 911.

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