16-year-old murdered in the Manor
After two relatively uneventful months around south Milledgeville and Hardwick, a string of shootings left one person dead and the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office scrambling to piece together the puzzle.
Cuatez Jones, 16, was fatally shot around 3:30 p.m. Saturday while walking along a path near the Milledgeville Manor. Jones reportedly was returning from a nearby convenience store. Jones lived nearby but frequented the Manor often, according to detectives.
Later that evening, a home on nearby Edwards Street was shot up, and detectives believe that the drive-by was retaliation for the homicide.
Neither the homicide or Saturday night drive-by are believed to be gang-related, according to detectives.
The incident marked the second homicide in the Manor in recent memory. In October 2018, Ladarius Deonte Cummings, 25 at the time, was fatally shot following a brief argument in front of the B Building. Later arrested and sentenced to 12 years in prison was Monterius Terrell Grable, 18 at the time.
Meanwhile, three other recent shootings in the area, however, are believed to be gang-related. The first occurred during the earlymorning hours of June 15 in the 120 block of Thompson Circle, located off of the Vinson Highway and near the old Southside school. In the process, a nearby home on Marion Street received damage. A resident at the home on Marion Street later “found three bullet holes in her master bedroom.”
The woman added that she and her daughter were watching television in the living room at the time of the shooting. A total of 22 shell casings were recovered at the scene.
The following day, meanwhile, a “dark colored car slowly drove” by a house on Park Avenue and gunshots ensued, according to an incident report. Four shell casings later were recovered in the road.
The day after that, shots rang out in Harrisburg near the intersection of Third Street and Ramsey Street. A number of .40 caliber shell casings were recovered.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 445-5102.