A 14-year-old boy was hospitalized Saturday night after being shot once in the upper chest during a drive-by shooting in front of Jimmy John’s on Agerton Lane, authorities say.
The injuries weren’t life-threatening, Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Lewis Blanchard said. The victim wasn’t identified.
Blanchard said about five shots were fired from a tan SUV, hitting windows on the Jimmy John’s storefront and on a vacant storefront next door, he said. Police were called about 10:15 p.m. The SUV, possibly a Jeep Cherokee, was last seen heading toward Wheeler Road.
Jimmy John’s employee Michael McClain, who was still shaking off his nerves near the police tape in the minutes after the shooting, said he mistook the shots as the sound of his colleagues dropping a bottle of dijon mustard.
“A bunch of people started to run inside the store for safety, then I looked up and saw a softball-sized hole in tempered glass,” he said.
Co-worker Mike White said children hanging around the area has been a problem, but he credited the sheriff’s office for its fast response.
“Something like this I don’t think you can prepare for,” he said. “I don’t think parents need to be dropping off their kids and leaving them here.”
Police temporarily shut both lanes on Agerton Lane while investigators photographed the scene. Blanchard said moviegoers at Regal Cinemas and patrons at Limelite Cafe weren’t asked to leave but were told to stay clear of the parking lots.