CAIRO POLICE called in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to assist in the investigation of a shooting incident at this home located on Fifth Street N.W. Pierre Garland of Thomasville was shot in the neck, but no charges have been filed.
Several shootings happened in Cairo and Thomasville over the weekend that are now under investigation by multiple agencies. Luckily, no one was killed in any of the violent incidents and at this time authorities say the incidents are not related.
The first case took place at a boarding house on M.L.King Jr. Avenue S.W. in Cairo where at least eight shots were fired, but no one was injured. Cairo Police are investigating.
Two more incidents happened in Thomasville late Sunday night and into Monday morning, and involved contingents from Cairo, according to Thomasville Police. A male juvenile from Cairo and a teenaged male from Thomasville were injured in those shootings. Thomasville Police are investigating.
The final shooting took place at a residence on Fifth Street N.W. in Cairo where a Thomasville man was shot in the neck at 4:17 a.m. Monday. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating this.
Cairo Police Chief Giovannie Santos says the G.B.I. assistance was requested due to the gunshot wound being in the neck. “Such injuries are considered life threatening and it is best practice to use every resource at our disposal as early as possible,” states Chief Santos.
Jamy Steinberg, special agent in charge with the G.B.I. Thomasville, says the shooting took place in the 1200 block of Fifth Street, N.W.
“The investigation thus far has revealed the two men being involved were in an altercation related to a domestic issue,” Steinberg states.
Pierre Garland of Mildred Lane, Thomasville is the man shot in the neck. Steinberg says Antonio Hall of Pine Circle, S.W. in Cairo is the other man involved.
“No charges have been filed in the case at this time as agents and investigators are processing evidence and reviewing witness statements obtained in the investigation,” Steinberg says.
A 9mm semi-automatic pistol has been identified as the weapon, and the investigation is ongoing.
Steinberg asks that anyone with information about the shooting call Cairo Police at (229) 378-3096 or the G.B.I. Thomasville, (229) 225-4090.
Thomasville Police officers were on patrol at about 1 a.m. Monday when they heard gunfire around the intersection of Vine Street and Cassidy Road near Magnolia Cemetery in Thomasville, according to Sgt. Scott Newberry, T.P.D. investigator.
Allegedly, a crowd of people from both Cairo and Thomasville had met at the cemetery to fight over a girl when gunshots rang out and everyone scattered.
Police found one victim, 18-year-old Jeshawn Thornton of Thomasville, who had gunshot wounds in both thighs, neither life threatening, Newberry said.
Based on the more than 30 shell casings officers found on the ground, though, there were at least two pistols and one rifle fired during the melee.
Several hours later, at 4 a.m., Monday, a 16-year-old Cairo boy went with his mother to Grady General Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound where a bullet had grazed the top of his head, Newberry says.
“He was very lucky,” Newberry says of the non-life-threatening injury.
The juvenile later told police that he had been at a block party at Weston park in Thomasville when the shooting started around 11 p.m.
Newberry said Thomasville Police are trying to determine whether the shootings, which both included Cairo people, are connected.
The initial weekend shooting took place outside The Oak Center at 901 MLK Blvd. S.W. in Cairo early Sunday morning at 2:51 a.m.
Two Cairo men, one a resident of The Oak Center, and a Thomasville woman were standing outside the residential building when a car allegedly driven by the woman’s ex-boyfriend slowed to a stop in front of them and an argument started.
The complainant says he told the subjects to leave and they drove west on MLK, but then turned around and returned to where the three victims were congregated. The Toyota Camry stopped and another argument took place, but this time the front seat passenger got out of the car and started shooting, according to Cairo Police.
The two male victims told police they ran in opposite directions and escaped being hit. The woman was standing next to the shooter when the gunfire started. She was also spared and went to her vehicle where she made an unsuccessful attempt to contact her former boyfriend. She told police she did not know the gunman.
Cairo Police found eight spent shell casings at the scene. The case was turned over to Cairo Police Investigator Tony Turner.