Hillman-Gay shooting

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office shut down part of Hillman-Gay Road early Friday morning as part of the investigation into the shooting death of a man inside a home. Shots were fired from the road into a home in the 4500 block.

Approximately 50 shots, and possibly more, were fired towards a Hillman-Gay Road home early Friday morning. Inside, a man was killed by the gunfire.

 The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation.

“At approximately 2:20 this morning, the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to shots being fired here on Hillman-Gay Road, in the 4500 block,” said GBI Special Agent in Charge Pat Morgan.

“Officers responded and when they got to the residence, behind us here, they entered the home and they found a deceased male inside the home who had been shot,” he added.

Morgan said once the deputies secured the scene, about 3:30 a.m. the sheriff’s office called the GBI for assistance.

“We responded and we’ve begun an investigation that is being worked jointly between the sheriff’s office, the GBI, the McDuffie County coroner’s office, and the Toombs Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office,” Morgan said.

“It’s very early in the investigation. As you can see behind me we have lots of evidence just out here in the roadway itself, so we’ve shut this roadway down. We also have two residences behind us here that we have to conduct crime scene examinations at, so we’re going to be here quite a while.”

Morgan said, Friday morning, it is still early in the investigation and agents are conducting interviews with witnesses, following up on some leads concerning the investigation, and canvasing neighborhoods.

“We’re going to be here most of the day because this is a large crime scene,” Morgan said. He further explained that there are two residents that also need to be searched and agents had to get court-authorized warrants to search.

Both the GBI and the sheriff’s office are asking for the public’s help.

“If there’s anybody out there that knows anything or has heard anything concerning this investigation please give us a call,” Morgan said.

The GBI can be contacted at 706-595-2575. The McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office can be reached at 706-595-2145.

The GBI and sheriff’s office is keeping in touch with the mother and family of the deceased man.

“We’ll keep them up to date every step of the way. We’re working this case for them It was their loved that was shot and killed,” Morgan said.

Maj. Ronnie Williamson, McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy, echoed the message that the public is asked to come forward with information.

“We want to send sympathy out to the family. It’s a tragic situation,” said Williamson. “Like Pat said, we ask for the public’s help — anything that they may have seen or heard — to give us a call.”

“The public in McDuffie County has always supported law enforcement. We support our public, and we can’t do it alone,” he added. “Hopefully we will have a successful resolution to this case.”

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