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GBI: Woman dead, others hurt in Folkston American Legion shooting

Gunfire reported at American Legion Post 130 and gas station 1 mile away

FOLKSTON, Ga. – One person was killed and other people were injured in a shooting Sunday morning at the American Legion Post 130 in Charlton County, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

GBI agents have confirmed the victim who died was a woman but have not released her identity.

Others were injured, investigators said, but the severity of their injuries was not immediately clear.

Throughout the morning, investigators were at the American Legion scene near the intersection of Little Phoebe Church Road and Okeefenokee Drive. It's unclear what prompted the violence.

A little more than a mile away, neighbors woke up to another police scene at Flash Foods just west of 2nd Street North. Two bullet holes were seen in the wall of the convenience store. It's unclear if anyone inside was injured.

Late Sunday afternoon, the GBI said the two scenes are related, but no other details would be available until Monday.

Folkston is typically a quiet town.

"Everybody is friendly around here. Everybody treats everybody with hospitality. I mean, it’s just a great town," said Folkston resident Randall Gill. 

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A family spending the afternoon at a park right down the road says the closeness is concerning.

"This is the kids' baseball field. All the kids play, so good thing it happened at three in the morning, not three in the afternoon," said Jeffrey Perry, who grew up in Folkston. 

Ashlyn Bainnan, 9, has lived across the street from the gas station with her family for three years.

"I woke up, and then I noticed the police lights were on, and I was kind of scared," Ashlyn said. "I saw, like, caution tape everywhere."

Investigators have not released any details of the suspected shooter but say no arrests have been made.


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