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Ludowici couple sought in shooting

Victims include Hinesville resident

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POSTED: December 11, 2007 7:19 a.m.
Law enforcement authorities are seeking a Ludowici couple in connection with a shooting Tuesday night in Jesup that left two men dead and two others injured.
According to Jesup police, they, along with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, are looking for William Howard Powell, 26, and his wife, Sharmila Melissa Powell, 30.
The suspects may be in a black, 2007 Chrysler Pacifica, Georgia tag 3334ASZ.
Maj. Glenn Takaki of the Jesup Police Department, said evidence found during the investigation prompted the warrants for the two suspects.
GBI Special Agent Mike McDaniels, of the Kingsland office, said there are two warrants for murder, two for aggravated assault and one for armed robbery.
Although he wouldn't go into detail, McDaniels said it appears the shooting may have been the result of a botched armed robbery.

Background
Jesup police found two bodies along with the two men who were wounded after responding to a call about gunfire shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday in a Jesup neighborhood.
"This was not a random act of violence," Takaki said. "These individuals knew each other."
Killed were Jesse Evans Jr., 60, of 350 Hunter Circle in Jesup, and Hinesville resident Donovan Scott, who was in his mid-30s, Takaki said.
They were the third and fourth homicides reported this year in Jesup.
One of the wounded was Geno Evans, 29, who shared the Hunter Circle house with his father, Jesse Evans.
The younger Evans was listed in stable condition late Wednesday afternoon at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup.
The other wounded man was identified as Antonio Cunningham, 30, of Jesup, who was taken to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah. He was listed in critical condition late Wednesday.
Crime-scene tape Wednesday cordoned off the single-family Evans home that sits on a quiet stretch of a dirt road.
Agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were at the home collecting evidence. No one would explain why the GBI had been called to the scene.
Asked if narcotics were involved, Takaki said he could not answer any other questions, pending completion of the investigation.
Anyone with information about the shootings is urged to call the Jesup Police Department at (912) 427-1300, the GBI at (404) 270-8805 or (912) 729-6198 or the Brunswick FBI at (912) 265-2560.
 

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