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3 teens in custody after Taylor County shooting

Superintendent Jennifer Albritton says it involved students, and the coroner says the victim was shot in the head.

TAYLOR COUNTY, Ga. — Three teens wanted for shooting another teen Thursday are now in custody.

According to GBI PIO Nelly Miles, the shooting happened just before 7 p.m. Thursday on Pine Forest Drive in Reynolds.

She says a 17-year-old was airlifted from the scene to the Medical Center, Atrium Health Navicent in Macon where he is listed in critical condition. Taylor County Coroner Gary Lowe says the teen was shot in the head.

The three suspects are two 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old. The trio turned themselves in Friday.

They will face charges of aggravated assault and participation in criminal street gang activity.

The shooting prompted Taylor County Superintendent Jennifer Albritton to make a post on the high school’s Facebook page stating all schools in the county would be closed Friday. Staff were still asked to report.

Posted by Taylor County High School on Thursday, September 2, 2021

Tonya Thomas lives off Pine Forest Drive. She says she doesn’t know any of the teens involved, but somehow, the shooting ended up in her front yard. 

People in the area say after the shooting happened here, the suspects dropped Floyd off at a home down the street. Driving down Pine Forest Drive, our crew could see old crime tape where spots were blocked off. 

Another woman who did not want to be on camera says she saw four teens get out of a vehicle in front of her home. Then, she says she saw Floyd shot to the head.

She rendered first aid until first responders arrived while the three other teens left the scene. State Rep. Patty Bentley represents Taylor County and says it’s important for teens to know this kind of violence carries serious consequences. 

“I beg high school students -- male, female -- to not engage in anything gang related because it will put a huge tremendous burden on your family if you ever get arrested and charged with anything relating to gang activity,” Bentley said. 

Anyone with information can call the GBI’s Columbus office at 706-565-7888, or the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office at 478-862-5444.

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