Published Tuesday, March 03, 2009 in Local
Two injured in Senoia shooting
By Elizabeth Richardson
Few details are emerging about the officer-involved shooting in Senoia Tuesday morning that sent two residents for hospital treatment with gunshot wounds.
The Senoia Police officers involved in the shooting are now on routine paid administrative leave pending the investigation, according to Senoia City Manager Richard Ferry. Ferry also confirmed that the incident took place between 9 and 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at 575 Stallings Road.
Lt. Steve Tomlin of the Senoia Police Department confirmed late Tuesday that, so far, a total of three people will be criminally charged in the shooting incident. Those charges will range from obstruction to and aggravated assault on a peace officer. A third, uninjured suspect was taken from the scene Tuesday to the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office where he now faces charges.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation Public Information Officer John Bankhead said that Senoia Police officers attempted to stop a vehicle Tuesday morning on a traffic violation. The vehicle continued moving until it reached the driveway of 575 Stallings Road, and the officer followed with his patrol lights on.
Though the GBI is investigating what happened next, they’ve been told by Senoia Police officials that a man exited the residence with a shotgun, and “after that shots were fired,” according to Bankhead.
A 61-year-old man was grazed by a bullet on his neck and shot in the shoulder. He was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital. A 72-year-old man was also shot and was transported to Atlanta Medical Center. According to Bankhead, the 72-year-old is also experiencing complications from “another medical issue.”
Family members of the shooting victims told WSB-TV Tuesday that the shooting victims are 72-year-old Napolean Keith and 61-year-old Charles Campbell. That could not be confirmed from law enforcement authorities.
The exact number and identities of the victims and the officers who were involved in the shooting has not been released by investigators. Details are “rather sketchy at this point, and subject to change,” according to Bankhead.
“I’m told that neither have life-threatening wounds,” said Bankhead late Tuesday afternoon. “Senoia’s chief of police asked us to investigate. We will interview all witnesses that we know about and process the scene for forensic evidence.”
Once the GBI’s investigation is complete, they will submit a report to the Coweta Circuit District Attorney’s office for review and prosecution, if it’s deemed necessary.