GROVETOWN, Ga. (WJBF) — Grovetown Police Department and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a shooting that happened early Friday morning.
It happened around 4:30 a.m. on Battle Court, off Harlem Grovetown Road near Old Berzelia.
Residents say two men were banging on doors and trying to break into their home. When officers arrived, they heard a single gunshot and began to search the area.
While searching, police heard a man yelling for help in the backyard of a home. Officers located a man, identified as Jordan Jackson, with multiple gunshot wounds and began lifesaving measures on him until firefighters and EMS arrived. Jackson was taken to Doctors Hospital in critical condition.
While attending to Jackson, officers were approached by Jahlil Lawrence who stated he owned the home and lived there with his girlfriend and two small children. Lawrence said he had fired shots at Jackson and another man after seeing them on his home security system trying to enter his home through the patio and a rear window.
Lawrence said both men were wearing masks and armed with handguns. A search of the scene turned up a gun and a cell phone on the ground near a window, as well as a discarded mask near Jackson. Footage from the home’s surveillance system showed what Lawrence described.
While searching the 6000 block of Reynolds Way, officers were alerted by a resident to a man sitting in a parked car with South Carolina license plates. Officers located the man, Demond Livingston, and discovered he matched the description of the second suspect and was found in possession of a handgun.
When questioned, Livingston said he traveled from Columbia, S.C. with Jackson, but provided no other details. The cell phone found near Lawrence’s home was determined to belong to Livingston.
Home security footage from nearby homes on Reynolds Way shows Jackson and Livingston arriving in the car and exiting with their faces covered and armed with handguns. Livingston was also seen running back to the vehicle alone a short time later.
Livingston and Jackson were charged with criminal attempt (home invasion) and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Jackson faces an additional charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Additional charges may be forthcoming.
Livingston was booked into the Columbia County Detention Center. Jackson, who has several outstanding warrants in South Carolina, will be booked into Columbia County Detention Center upon release from the hospital.