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POSTED: August 26, 2009 9:23 a.m.
Hinesville Police detectives arrested four individuals Monday morning in connection with a shooting near a bus stop on Aug. 11 on Pointe South Drive.
Two of the four suspects charged are soldiers assigned to Fort Stewart.
Several students had gotten off a Liberty County school bus and shots were fired at them after the bus left and they began walking away from the stop.
Hinesville Police Det. Doug Snider said the four suspects turned themselves in Monday at the police station in downtown Hinesville.
“After continued investigation, charges were filed against these subjects,” Snider said Monday afternoon. “We don’t anticipate any more arrests in this case. They were taken to the Liberty County Jail and will likely post bond by tomorrow (Tuesday). They should have a first appearance hearing before a magistrate judge.”
Snider added that charges against the additional four suspects were determined after investigators interviewed witnesses.  
Jerel Preston, 17, of Hinesville was charged with being party to an aggravated assault, simple assault and making false statements and writings.
Brendan Burns, 19, was charged with party to aggravated assault and party to a reckless conduct.
Spc. Stephanie Turner, 23, of the 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, was charged with party to aggravated assault and with simple assault.
Spc. Jarrod Lindsey, 22, of the 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade was charged with party to aggravated assault, discharge of a firearm on a city street and reckless conduct.
Lindsey, Burns and Turner were all released Tuesday morning after each posted a $3,000 bond, according to Snider. Preston was released Tuesday on a $4,000 bond.
The main suspect in the shooting, Eric Michael Turner, 21, also a soldier, was arrested by the Hinesville Police Department’s Crime Suppression Unit on Aug. 13.
Eric Turner is assigned to the 87th Combat Service Support Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 3rd ID.
He was charged with one count of aggravated assault, criminal damage to property in the second degree and possession of a firearm during commission of certain felonies. Eric Turner also was charged with several misdemeanors, including reckless conduct, discharge of a firearm on or near a public street, discharging a firearm on the property of another, and two counts of damaging a mailbox.
He was taken to the Liberty County Jail on Aug. 13 and was released on an $8,500 bond.
Hinesville police have previously stated that the bus stop shooting was connected to two earlier reported incidents.
On Aug. 9, police were dispatched to 910 Brett Drive in reference to several individuals armed with baseball bats attempting to start a fight with the resident of an apartment complex.
Police believe some of the juveniles involved in the baseball bat incident then became the victims in the shooting at the bus stop.
Snider said Tuesday officers who responded to the baseball bat incident were “unable to identify suspects sufficiently enough to obtain warrants.”
The other previous incident was reported as an aggravated assault with a gun. It occurred on Aug. 10, on Pointe South Drive.
Snider said that along with these, incidents leading to the bus stop shooting may date back to an incident reported in July.
In that incident, Hinesville police responded to a call of shots being fired in the area of Brett Drive and Eunice Road, according to Snider. In this incident, Snider said the complainant told police there were people gathered around a pool area and scattered when “some type of shots were fired.”
In addition, Snider said the bus stop shooting may also have stemmed from two incidents that were not reported to police.
There was a “confrontation” after students got off the school bus in the Brett Drive area on the afternoon of Aug. 10, according to Snider. And an altercation occurred on the morning of Aug. 11 in the Greenbriar area before students boarded a school bus, he said.
Snider said these previous reported and unreported incidents likely escalated into the shooting at the bus stop the afternoon of Aug. 11.
“It is also accurate to say that some of the charges of the people who were arrested on Monday stemmed from the incident that occurred the morning of Aug. 11,” Snider said.
He added that the Aug. 9 incident with the baseball bats is still under investigation.
Snider said Hinesville Police would welcome any information the community can provide on the Aug. 9 incident. Individuals may remain anonymous and are asked to call HPD at 368-8215.
 

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