GBI investigating 3 related shootings in Wilkes County; 2 arrests made

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GBI Special Agent in Charge Patrick Morgan told NewsChannel 6 his team is typically called in when there is a violent crime. And it was the second shooting in Wilkes County that brought them on board.

“There was a drive by shooting on Pecan Grove Road. Agents responded. We had two small children who were stuck,” Morgan said.

Those two children- were treated and released from an Augusta hospital. Now, Morgan said his team is working with Wilkes County Sheriff Mark Moore and his investigators to solve that Pecan Grove Road Shooting along with two more in that area. And they believe all are connected.

“We arrived for that particular shooting, we were informed on the one earlier that occurred during the early morning hours of September 9,” he explained.

That shooting took place on Tate Road in Washington, damaging a home, but left no one injured.

A third shooting did injure someone September 14 on Pope Street, injuring 23-year-old Darius Binns. He was shot and taken to a hospital in Augusta where Morgan said he should be fine.

Two men now sit in jail for that shooting. 25-year-old Rydrequces Cullars is in Wilkes Count jail and 23-year-old Delvonte Harris was found in Athens. He sits in the Clarke County jail. Both Washington men face charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

“We’ve seen an uptick here recently in gun violence,” Morgan said. I don’t know what it is today with these youth and young people that they need to pick a gun up to solve a problem. But it’s something that we’re going to try to help deter in this area.”

Morgan said the are looking into whether the shootings could be gang related, but it is too early to tell.

“In all investigations we look to see if there is a gang nexus. We will continue that and if we can determine there is some type of gang nexus, then by all means we will bring a charge related to a gang charge.”

Morgan did say that there could be more charges coming and more arrests. We will continue to follow this story.

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WILKES COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) – The GBI is investigating three shootings in Wilkes County they believe to be related.

The first happened at 1:30 a.m. on September 9th on Tate Street. No injuries were reported but a home was damaged by gunfire.

The second was reported at 10 p.m. on Pecan Grove Road in Washington. Investigators tell us it was a drive-by shooting at a home. Two children were reportedly injured and later taken to a hospital for treatment. Both have since been released.

The third shooting happened September 14th on Pope Street where 23-year-old Darius Binns was shot. He was later taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Investigators later identified the vehicle involved and located it in Athens, where a foot chase with the driver ensued. He was then arrested.

That suspect has been identified as 23-year-old Delvonte Harris. He is charged with Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime. He’s currently being held at the jail in Clarke County.

A second suspect was also arrested in connection with the shooting incident.

25-year-old Rydrequeces Cullars is charged with Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime. He is being held in the Wilkes County Jail.

GBI investigators are currently working to determine if these shootings were gang-related.

Anyone with information is asked to call the GBI at 706-595-2575 or Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office at 706-678-2224.

Count on NewsChannel 6 for more details as they become available.

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