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Fight, flight leads to a shooting

A Sunday night fight in the Harbor Rain apartment complex on Saunders Avenue in Hinesville sent a Savannah man to the hospital with a gunshot wound.  

According to Hinesville Police Department Detective Jonathan Greer, Antonio Easterling tried to flee a group of people he was arguing with shortly before 8 p.m.  Greer said Easterling fled to the M building where he allegedly entered an apartment where a woman and her baby lived.  Easterling reportedly grabbed the 1-year old girl and left the apartment with her in his arms. 

As the group of people climbed the stairs, Easterling jumped over a railing with the baby onto a concrete slab behind the building.  When Easterling landed, he dropped the little girl who received minor injuries.  When the group caught up with Easterling, a physical fight followed and Easterling was shot in the upper left leg during the scuffle.

Easterling managed to run to the F building where he sought help and was found by police officers. Both Easterling and the baby were taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah where he and the child were treated and released. 

Greer said the incident is under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the Hinesville police department at 912-368-8211.

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