Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry says that the shooting in the last week in the city appear to be related. "These are not random acts of violence."

The recent shootings in Thomson has compelled the city’s top leader to ask the community to unify and come forward with information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

“The recent shootings in the last week appear to be related. These are not random acts of violence,” said Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry, in a June 28 statement.

A June 27 shooting at Spee-Dee Foods on Gordon Street, which resulted in two being wounded, was the fifth reported shooting in the city since June 22.  

Homes on Spruce Street and Walnut Street were shot at on June 22 and on June 24, a man visiting a home on Sills Street was shot in the head when someone shot into the house from the street.  There also was a drive-by shooting into a home on Watson Street sometime between June 23 and June 24.

Thomson Police Chief John Seay said an increase in shootings are occurring in areas around Dell Drive and Pitts Street and areas off Pecan Avenue.

Although an arrest has been made in one of the shootings and more are forthcoming, the mayor requests the citizens help in identifying the shooters. “We need the community’s help. We must work together and everyone come forward with information. Callers can remain anonymous,” Usry said.

On Thursday morning, June 28, D’Alvune Burnett, 17, of the 120 block of Sills Street, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. The police chief said Burnett’s arrest is related to the June 27 shooting at Spee-Dee Foods.

According to Usry, the City of Thomson, law enforcement at the local and state level are working 24 hours a day to address crime and violence.

 “All of our partners in the City Police Department, McDuffie County Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorney’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are committed to working together to address the recent violence and restore Thomson to a peaceful community,” Usry said.  We are fortunate to live and work in a community where all of our stakeholders are willing to work together.”

Usry encourages residents to call GBI at 706-595-2575, the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 706-597-7337 or the Thomson Police Department at 706-597-7382 with information about the shootings.

“This is a community problem and it will take the entire community to solve it,” Usry said.

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