After her neighbor, David Anthony Jones Jr., 28, was killed in his mobile home Tuesday night, Taqualya Hicks says she’s worried about her safety.
Police found Jones, who had been shot three times in the stomach, on the floor of his living room in Tapco Mobile Homes on Folker Road after they were called there by Jones’ sister.
Hinesville Police Department Chief of Detectives, Maj. Thomas Cribbs, said the shooting occurred between 9:15 and 9:20 p.m. When EMTs arrived, they started life-saving procedures and took Jones to Liberty Regional Medical Center, but he died within the hour.
“I can’t even sleep at night,” Hicks, 24, said Thursday, looking at the trailer, wrapped in yellow police tape. “I sleep with all the lights on at night.”
Hicks went to middle and high school with Jones. She said police questioned her about Jones and what she heard Tuesday after the attack.
Detectives did not say if a motive was apparent in the crime and it’s still unclear if one or more people shot Jones. There were no signs of forced entry on the home, Cribbs said.
“If they say there was no forced entry, they [whoever shot Jones] probably knew him,” Hicks said.
Jones reportedly lived alone and worked at Applebee’s.
As word of the shooting spread, residents from other neighborhoods also began to wonder why no one has been arrested or charged with Jones’ shooting.
Some fear for their own lives.
Getting someone to speak up is the hard part, according to Hinesville Police Department Chief of Detectives Maj. Thomas Cribbs.
“People don’t see and people don’t tell us anything,” Cribbs said.
Mobile home park manager Henry Dunham, of Dennis Waters Rentals, said he was disappointed by tight-lipped police and sensationalized TV news coverage.
“I just felt like WTOC portrayed us as not actively concerned about what goes on in our mobile homes,” Dunham said. “I still don’t know if this is a random act of violence or if it was targeted or anything else.”
Dunham added Jones may not have had the home in his name.
Dunham said he thinks one of Jones’ relatives rented the home and allowed him to live in it.
Tenants must be employed and pass a credit check to be eligible for a home in the 15-lot park, he said. They can be evicted for any illegal activity.
“You have people who go in and rent places in their name and let someone live there,” Dunham said. “That’s where a lot of the problems come from.”
He thinks the area is generally safe, but said there is only so much they have control over.
“We can’t take a proactive role in trying to get rid of people like this unless tenants make us aware of situations that go on.”
Hinesville Mayor Pro-Tem Charles Frasier Sr., who lives on Folker Road, said he had to pull over to the let an ambulance pass Tuesday night.
Frasier said the neighborhood has a lot of single-mother households.
“Obviously, we’re concerned. We’ve asked the police to heighten their surveillance,” Frasier said. He also recalled a separate, shooting at the park that didn’t hurt anyone last year. “It seems it’s ironic that it’s the same mobile home park.”
“Unfortunately, things like this happen in the best of neighborhoods at times,” Dunham said.
“We’re hopeful the police can make a speedy arrest and this kind of activity will go away,” Frasier said.