WAYNESBORO, Ga. (WJBF) – As a teenager fights for her life in an Augusta hospital, law enforcement in Burke and Richmond Counties have arrested the suspect they say shot the child.
Crime scene tape inside of a trash can is all that’s left in a neighborhood where law enforcement said a shooting happened in the middle of the night.
“To me it’s a shocking thing because I have children of my own and grandchildren,” said local minister Bernard Walker, who lives on MLK Drive near Blakeney.
That’s where police responded to a shooting around 2:15 Monday morning. It’s where they reported a 13-year-old girl was shot.
“From the initial investigation it looks like she continued to run down the street as she was shot,” said Chief Deputy Lewis Blanchard, Burke County Sheriff’s Office. “She actually ran into a Waynesboro PD car and they called for immediate assistance.”
Law enforcement said Alfonzo Shondell Green Jr. is charged with Felony Aggravated Assault and Felony Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime. Chief Deputy Lewis Blanchard said the 17-year-old saw the teen girl and shot her. After a multi county search in both Burke and Richmond Counties, Green is now en route to the Burke County Detention Center.
Blanchard added, “We believe it might have something to do, it could potentially be gang related, but that’s still part of the investigation.”
“About three years ago, I went through the same thing with a nephew that was at a party, at a family house and somebody drove by and shot him in the head. To me it just bothered me,” Walker said. “It bothered me so much because too many young people are losing their life to the violence, the gun violence in the streets. I feel that there is something the government can do to control the guns.”
Walker said MLK Drive isn’t dangerous at all and Blanchard said the same thing adding there are police patrols there due to drugs and crime in the past.
“It’s not just here, it’s everywhere right now. It’s summer, it’s being pent up from COVID, it’s tensions from race, the heat,” he said. “I think it’s all of those things right now.”
NewsChannel 6 will continue to follow this on going investigation.
WAYNESBORO, Ga (WJFB) – The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man they say shot two people, including a 13-year old.
The incident happened early Monday morning at the intersection of MLK & Blakeney Street at 2:15am.
17-year old Alfonso Green is the suspect in the shooting that left a 13-year old in critical condition and a woman in surgery.
If you know anything about the incident or Green’s whereabouts, contact the BCSO.
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