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Witness describes fatal shooting
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A Hinesville Police Department report released on Friday paints a chilling image of the city’s first homicide of the year.
According to the report, a resident in the Alston Ridge Mobile Home Park was in her bedroom “when she heard eight or nine gunshots,” on Jan. 16, possibly from two different weapons.
The woman stated when she looked out her bedroom window, she saw 19-year-old Deterrell Esque Jackson stagger across a yard of one of the mobile home lots before falling to the ground.
The woman then left her home to check on Jackson when she realized he was bleeding from his chest.
Officers called to the scene found the young man still on the ground wearing a blood-stained shirt and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
An officer searching Jackson for identification discovered an automatic weapon in the teen’s possession.
A few days after the shooting, HPD Chief of Detectives Maj. Thomas Cribbs told the Coastal Courier he believed the young man’s death was the result of a confrontation that led to “some gun play.”
Cribbs said it was currently unclear what Jackson was doing or who he may have been visiting in the mobile home park.
Witnesses reportedly saw two men in white T-shirts running from an adjacent lot, but investigators have not confirmed whether the men were involved in the shooting.
At the time of his death, Jackson was taking a break from the winter session at Savannah Technical College, according to an obituary released by his family Friday.
He was aspiring to become a barber, while working at a fast-food restaurant in Richmond Hill.
The 19-year-old’s body was sent to a crime lab on Jan. 17 for an autopsy.
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