Teen suspect sought in deadly Hinesville shooting

Crime & Safety

HINESVILLE, Ga. (WSAV) – Hinesville officials say they are looking for teen linked to Wednesday’s deadly shooting that claimed the life of a 24-year old man.

Officials announced Thursday a warrant has been issued for the arrest of a suspect, Stephon Markel Whitaker, 18.

The shooting happened shortly after 2 p.m. on the corner of Palm Drive and E.G. Miles Parkway. According to police, 24-year-old Janarick Reed was driving in the parking lot of a gas station when he was shot.

Reed was taken to the Liberty Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Capt. William Oberlander says Reed’s body will be taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Savannah later this week for an autopsy.

Further details on the incident remain limited.

Officials ask anyone knowing the location of Whitaker or having information on this case to call the HPD Criminal Investigation Division at 912-368-8215 or their local 911 center.

Whitaker is considered armed and dangerous.

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