Early Sunday morning, July 11, 201 a Statesboro Police Department (SPD) patrol officer was on a routine traffic stop on Fair Road when he heard multiple gunshots coming from Cottage Row apartments (formally Aspen Heights), 17358 Fair Road.
That officer responded along with several other officers and observed a chaotic scene with multiple people fleeing the Cottage Row Apartments complex.
Several apartments had been struck by gunfire along with several vehicles.
Minutes later, a 19 year old male arrived at East Georgia Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the back.
The male was later transported to Memorial in Savannah where he remains in stable condition as of the time of this release.
Multiple SPD detectives responded to process the scene, which was extensive, and to interview witnesses.
It appears as though a large party, promoted through social media, was being held at one of the apartments.
An argument broke out which led to an exchange of gunfire between two groups. Management of Cottage Row is cooperating in the investigation.
SPD Asks Witnesses to Come Forward
Detectives are asking for any witnesses to the shooting to come forward with information.
Detective Katie Reese is the lead on the case and can be reached at 912-764-9911.
Anonymous tips can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.