Investigators looking for suspect responsible for shooting teens at a party

Investigators looking for suspect responsible for shooting 4 teens at a party

BURKE COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - Five teens were injured after a shooting at a party early Sunday morning, according to the Burke County Sheriff's Office.

The victims are identified as Darius Smith, 21, Rokeisha Graham, 17, and Bromekis Donnie, 18, Shequan Hines, 19, and Brandon Harold, 17, according to the sheriff's office.

One of the teens who was at the party said it was supposed to be an annual celebration of the life of a Waynesboro teen who died two years ago in a car accident. Instead, the celebration turned into chaos, sending five teenagers to the ER.

"Basically we received a call in reference to shots being fired at a place out on Highway 80," Sgt. Dedric Smith, an investigator with the Burke County Sheriff's Office.

Smith said they got the call around 1:30 a.m. Sunday about a shooting at the intersection of Gough Spur Road and Highway 80 at the Jones and Anderson Auto Service building.

"Deputies responded that there was a victim that had been shot, lying on the ground," Smith said.

Little did they know, there were four other people suffering from gunshot wounds, too, after some sort of a verbal altercation took a turn for the worse. Smith said around 150 to 200 people were in the building when the shooting started.

One of the teens told WFXG that his life flashed before his eyes when it all happened, and he hid underneath a car while all the commotion was going on. He said one of his friends was shot in the back. She was transported to GRU.

GBI and the Burke County Sheriff's Office were on the scene for hours, questioning witnesses and examining evidence, trying to figure out who's responsible.

"Everything is in investigation stages right now," Smith said. "We're not releasing any information on how many people that were involved in the shooting at this particular time."

Two of the teens were released from the hospital Sunday, but officials are saying that the other three are in critical condition. As of right now, an arrest hasn't been made in connection with the shooting.

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