Baldwin drive-by shooting count up to 51

The gang violence plaguing Baldwin County now includes 51 drive by shootings during the last year including three this week.

Milledgeville and Baldwin county have been plagued by drive by shootings for over a year.
 
Since last summer, the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office has investigated 37 drive-bys, during the same time period Milledgeville Police have investigated 14.
 
That's a total of 51 drive-by shootings county wide. That includes three just this week. Ellen Hughes lives in Milledgeville and has all of her life. But in recent months, she's become a little more scared. 
 
"When I was a child this kind of stuff wasnt going on and we grew up happy," Hughes said. 
 
We spoke to several people in Baldwin neighborhoods who said those shootings have put them on alert, Hughes even moved neighborhoods back in July. 
 
"I had a niece die in my drive way, she got shot 3 times, her mom got shot," Hughes said. "I just couldn't stay there no more  because it was too scary with my grandchildren  in and out people just don't care anymore."
 
The violence also has Baldwin schools on alert. Since one recent drive-by happened during the day.  In a statement Spokesman Byron Wellman says
 
"Students and their families here in Baldwin County can rest assured that our district is doing an excellent job of keeping our students safe while they are in our care.  Any issues that arise while the students are not in school, or off of our buses, is the responsibility of the appropriate local law enforcement agencies." 
 
Hughes is frustrated with the violence and has this message for gang members in town. 
 
"How would you feel if somebody killed your people," Hughes said. "You got to think about other people its not about the ones that is doing it its about the one who is getting destroyed from then doing it."
 
For now the only thing that gets her through each day is prayer, and she prays for all of her neighbors. 
 
"I don't have no special people to pray for I just pray for everybody because everybody needs prayer," Hughes said.  
 
Captain Brad King with the Baldwin Sheriff's office says this most recent wave of drive-bys, is still under investigation.
 
Anyone with information can call the Baldwin Sheriff's Office and leave an anonymous tip at 478-445-5102.


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