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By Halei Lamb

Police are now investigating yet another shooting in the community. The incident took place late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning of last week in a residential area. As of press time, the suspect has yet to be apprehended.

According to a press release from Swainsboro Police Department around 11 a.m. on the morning of July 15, local officers received information hours prior, around 4 a.m., from 911 dispatch in reference to shots fired at 218 Williams Street.

Officers arrived on scene within minutes and found Kentrel Wadley, a 35-year-old black male, on the porch of the residence.

Wadley had been shot multiple times. However, he was alert and able to provide information to officers about what had happened. He was then removed by EMS and transported to Augusta due to the severity of his injuries.

The man accused of the crime, 33-year-old Jonathan Clarence Tillman of Braswell Boulevard in Swainsboro, fled the scene and has not been located as of late.

Anyone with information about this ongoing investigation is asked to call SPD at 237-8967.

This shooting marks the second in less than two weeks in Swainsboro. Previously, a shooting took place at a now closed down establishment downtown during the early morning hours of Saturday, July 3.

On Friday, The Chronicle briefly researched local shootings. From the brief search, records from various news outlets (because The Chronicle didn’t exist prior to January 2021) indicate there have been at least 14 shootings across the county, excluding the two described in the above paragraph, since 2016: eight inside the city limits, two in Twin City, and four in the rural areas of the Emanuel.

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