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One arrested for after-school shooting
Two more being sought
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Eric Michael Turner, 21, of Hinesville was arrested by the Hinesville Police Department Crime Suppression Unit in front of his home at 910 Brett Drive the afternoon of Aug. 13. Police served a search warrant on Turner’s residence on Wednesday, but he was not in the area.
Turner is the main suspect in the Aug. 11 bus-stop shooting on Pointe South Drive. He is a soldier assigned to Fort Stewart, according to police.
Fort Stewart Media Chief Kevin Larson confirmed that Turner is assigned to the 87th Combat Service Support Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 3rd ID.
“The Hinesville Police Department has the lead in the investigation, but Fort Stewart and the 3rd ID are in full cooperation with investigators and monitoring the situation closely,” Larson said Tuesday. “I’d also stress that, as with any charges, Turner is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”
Turner 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, according to Hinesville Police Det. Doug Snider. He also was charged with a number of 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, Snider added.
Turner was taken to the Liberty County Jail and released on an $8,500 bond the day of his arrest, according to police.
Hinesville Police Chief Det. T.E. Cribbs said Tuesday his detectives will be arresting two more suspects “hopefully this week.”
“We felt it was important to get the person with the gun off the streets (first),” Cribbs said of the pending arrests.
He said detectives believe the bus-stop shooting is connected to two earlier incidents.
On Aug. 9, police were dispatched to 910 Brett Drive where they were told several individuals armed with baseball bats were attempting to start a fight with the resident of an apartment complex.
“I believe that was the beginning (of the shooting incident) as we know it,” Cribbs said.
Police believe that some of the juveniles who were involved in the baseball-bat incident then became the victims in the shooting at the bus stop, he said.
Cribbs added that “there has been a lot of gang-related activity” in the Pointe South Drive area.
The other previous incident was reported as aggravated assault with a gun. It happened on Aug. 10 on Pointe South Drive.
In this incident, the
victim reported that while walking in the area, a
white, four-door Acura pulled up and three men in combat uniforms and one man and one woman in street clothes got out of the vehicle and began to fire a handgun at him. One of the suspects also shocked the victim with a hand-held tazer, causing him to “black out for a couple of minutes,” according to the police report.
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