Po­lice chief: Shoot­ings turn Ge­or­gia town into ‘war zone’

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SWAINSBORO — Four peo­ple have been ar­rested af­ter a se­ries of shoot­ings that a po­lice chief says turned an east Ge­or­gia town into a “war zone.”

Swainsboro Po­lice Chief Randy El­li­son tells lo­cal news out­lets that at least five peo­ple were shot Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day, in­clud­ing a 59-yearold grand­fa­ther and his 11-yearold grand­daugh­ter who were sit­ting a on a porch.

El­li­son says the grand­fa­ther may never be able to walk again.

Swainsboro po­lice and the Em­manuel County sher­iff have ar­rested a to­tal of four peo­ple, at least two of whom were ju­ve­niles.

The trou­ble started when one per­son was shot Wed­nes­day. On Thurs­day, four were shot and two in­jured in a re­lated car crash.

El­li­son says the shoot­ings ap­pear to be re­lated to gang ac­tiv­ity and that peo­ple have threat­ened more vi­o­lence.

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