STATESBORO, Ga. (WSAV) — Police say four people were injured in a party gone wrong in Statesboro early Saturday morning.

According to the Statesboro Police Department, just after 3 a.m., officers arrived at the area of Spruce and Johnson Streets after hearing multiple gunshots. Police say when they arrived gunshots were still being exchanged between individuals attending a large after-party in the area.

Police say two officers spotted a male carrying an AR-style firearm who had been involved in the shooting, and he then fled from police. The officers engaged in a foot chase and caught the man a block away. The man was taken into custody.

Other responding officers were directed by the crowd to assist a woman screaming in distress in a nearby wood line. The female had run into the woods to escape the chaos and fell, breaking her leg. Officers rendered aid and called an ambulance.

Three people were shot in the crossfire of the exchange with three arriving at East Georgia Regional Medical Center by private vehicle. The fourth person was transported by Bulloch County EMS to EGRMC with a leg injury.

One of the gunshot victims was later transported by helicopter to Memorial in Savannah.

Multiple detectives have been investigating the large crime scene, which spanned several

SPD Chief of Police Mike Broadhead applauded responding officers on their professionalism while handling the shooting, saying “…I thought it was important for our community to see the dedication and spirit of service the members of our police department display on a continual basis. These are amazing people doing fantastic work. And they are doing it for you.”

SPD detectives believe there are many potential witnesses who were in the crowd
and who can identify the shooters. Anyone with information on this case should contact Captain Jared Akins at 912-764-9911or submit an anonymous tip here or by texting 274637 and entering
“TIPSSPD” plus your message.