A string of shootings in Brunswick and the Arco community this week that left at least one person injured and put many others in harm’s way may be connected, Brunswick Police Lt. Jose Galdamez said Wednesday.
County and city police are jointly investigating the four shootings that have occurred between Tuesday and Wednesday in Brunswick and in nearby Arco, Galdamez said. All of the shootings have occurred during hours of darkness and children were present in two homes struck by gunfire, according to reports. Galdamez would not speculate on whether the shootings are gang-related. A man targeted in a shooting Tuesday night in the 3300 block of Johnston Street did return fire in self defense, he said.
“I’m going to go so far as to say they are connected,” Galdamez said Wednesday of the shootings. “These shootings represent a danger to public safety. In conjunction with Glynn County Police, we are working on them.”
Gunfire erupted after midnight Wednesday on Ogg Avenue, where a bullet passed through a bedroom in which a man and a woman were watching television and at least two rounds struck another Ogg Avenue home in which children were sleeping, according to a Glynn County Police report.
The woman at the home in the 3800 block of Ogg Avenue told police she heard gunshots as the two watched television in bed, then realized a bullet had punctured the bedroom wall, a report said. Police detected an entry hole on the outer wall that matched the interior bullet hole in the bedroom.
Nearby in the 3700 block of Ogg Avenue, at least two bullets struck the screened front porch of a home that was occupied at the time by three children and three adults. The adults told police they did hear gunfire, but they had no idea their home had been hit until officers informed them.
Another neighbor reported hearing “what sounded like rapid fire gunshots” before seeing a dark-colored four-door sedan speed through a stop sign and disappear, the report said. Police recovered 28 bullet shell casings on Ogg Avenue, the report said.
It was the second shooting incident in the Arco community within a matter of hours, the first occurring Tuesday night in the 3600 block of Norwich Street, when gunfire shattered an SUV’s front windows and struck the side of a home, according to a police report. Two bullets struck the side of a home and several other rounds shattered the front windows of a GMC Yukon at about 8:45 p.m. Police found six 9 mm shell casings in the area.
Moments earlier Tuesday night, someone opened fire on several people at a residence in the 3300 block of Johnston Street in Brunswick, striking at least one vehicle, according to a police report.
“We know that at least one party fired back at the suspects,” Galdamez said.
This most recent spate of shootings started about 2 a.m. Tuesday in the 3500 block of Treville Avenue when at least one shooter fired on a house, leaving a woman inside with a gunshot wound to the leg. It was one of three bullets that struck the home, which was occupied at the time by a child and two other adults.
Anyone with information on the shootings is asked to call Brunswick Police detective Anthony Trollinger at 912-279-2640, or the Silent Witness hotline at 912-267-5516.