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Two dead, child injured in Long shooting
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A shooting Thursday at a mobile home in Long County left two men dead, a 2-year-old girl in serious condition and her mother injured.
According to a report provided by Long County Sheriff Cecil Nobles, deputies responded at 4:30 p.m. to a reported shooting at a home on Dena Circle in the Rye Patch community. When law enforcement officials arrived, they found two men dead from apparent gunshot wounds.
Sheriff’s Office Investigator Tom Sollosi said the two men were identified as Long County residents Phillip Anthony Parker, 31, and Bruce Mathew King, 36.
The report said deputies found Ashley Croft and Jeremiah Holcomb at the residence. Croft and Holcomb reportedly told deputies they shot Parker and King because Parker and King had been holding members of their family hostage and had threatened to kill them.
According to Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Mike McDaniel, Croft and Holcomb were detained and taken in for questioning.
McDaniel said that according to information provided to the GBI, Parker, King, the 2-year-old girl and her mother, whose identity has not been released, entered the residence where Holcomb and Croft were. After they arrived, a gunfight reportedly erupted during which Parker and King were killed and the toddler was shot. The mother also sustained unspecified injuries.
Sollosi said the child was taken by helicopter to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah and, on Friday, was in serious condition. The investigator said the child’s mother was taken to Liberty Regional Medical Center in Hinesville, treated and released Thursday night.
After she was released from the hospital, McDaniel said, the mother also was detained for questioning. The agent added that as of early Friday morning, all three were still detained.
On Friday evening, Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tom Durden said, “Right now, we’re looking very carefully at the ballistics information on this case [and] getting expert analysis, which takes time. Other than that, all I can say is the investigation is ongoing and when we know more, we can release more.”
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