A shooting in Harrisburg that landed two people in the hospital Monday was the second for the neighborhood in four days and was added to a list of more than 20 gun crimes this year in the neighborhood, where authorities say the situation is getting worse.
Richmond County sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Vinson said that around 9 p.m. a large group of people met on Pearl Avenue, where two women were threatening to fight over comments made on Facebook. Both women brought men as protection, and before either had the chance to throw a punch, shots were fired, wounding Alissia Bush, 23, and Timothy Mahone, 22.
“It was a situation that got out of hand,” Vinson said.
Bush was shot once in the back and taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital where she was released Tuesday.
Shortly after the incident was reported, Mahone walked into the ER at University Hospital with three gunshot wounds, one to the hip and two in the stomach. He remained at the hospital Tuesday in stable condition, police said.
Neither Bush nor Mahone is cooperating with police, and both have declined to press charges, Vinson said.
The shooting came just hours after Harrisburg community activists disposed of a tree they said is known to be a starting point for drug deals in the neighborhood. Activists also spray painted “GOT COPS,” an acronym for “Get out of town; citizens on patrol surveillance,” over gang graffiti on walls and sidewalks.
Police are also searching for a shooter involved in an armed robbery and aggravated assault at two Harrisburg locations on Friday.
Around 7:30 p.m., siblings Daquan, 27, Lonnie, 25, and Ebonee Miller, 23, were outside Mom & Pop’s Convenience Store at 2025 Broad St. when a group of men approached them and demanded money at gunpoint. After Daquan and Lonnie Miller turned over their cash, the robbers fled.
When the Millers returned home, Ebonee realized she had left her purse at the store. She said she was walking back on Browns Lane, behind the store, when a car pulled up and a man got out and shot at her nine times. She was not injured.
Curtis Tyrell Washington, 20, was arrested in connection with the crime on Saturday morning. He remains in the Richmond County jail on charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
A second suspect, Travon Archie, 18, is being sought by investigators in connection with the robbery and shooting.
According to a report provided by the sheriff’s office, more than 20 crimes involving guns have been reported in Harrisburg since January. Almost half were robberies, but they also included assaults, burglaries, weapons offenses and one homicide.
On Aug. 3, Anthony Dewayne King was shot to death during an attempted carjacking in the 700 block of Crawford Avenue. William Henry Clark, 16, and Jeremiah Emmanuel Kelly, 15, were indicted on murder charges Thursday in connection with the killing.