Suspect arrested in connection with three shootings in Georgia within 20 hours
A 39-year-old man was arrested Saturday in connection with three shootings in and around Columbus, Georgia, according to local police.
Justin Tyran Roberts was charged Saturday night with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm while committing a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and theft by receiving stolen property.
The three shootings occurred within a 20-hour period.
Police responded to a call outside a Phenix City, Alabama, hotel, just minutes across the Georgia border, at approximately 8:15 p.m. local time Friday and discovered a victim shot multiple times.
Three people were shot and sustained non-life threatening injuries in Columbus two hours later. Witnesses stated that they saw a Black man dressed in a white shirt and blue jeans.
A fifth person was shot shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday. He was described as a Black man wearing a white shirt wrapped around his face.
Roberts was arrested shortly after 4 p.m. on Saturday, but police have not disclosed how they connected him to the shootings.
At a press conference on Saturday, Columbus Police Chief Freddie Blackmon stated that investigators have been unable to establish a connection between Roberts and the victims.
Each of the five is expected to survive.
“The events of the last 24 hours have instilled a great deal of fear and anxiety throughout the community,” Columbus Mayor Skip Henderson stated during the press conference. “Our community is attempting to send a message that senseless violence will not be tolerated.”