News 12 First at Five / Friday, Dec. 30, 2011
MIDVILLE, Ga. -- Three young children will grow up without a mother after a Friday morning shooting in their Burke County home.
Investigators told News 12 the shooting involved a juvenile, but they can't say who. In fact, Sheriff Greg Coursey told News 12 he can't even confirm what happened this morning was a crime.
What he can confirm is 31-year-old Jennifer Albright is dead. She's the mother to her own 2-year-old daughter and her boyfriend's 8 and 10-year-old sons.
It happened at their home in Midville near Railroad Road and Highway 56.
A playground and children's toys in the yard are now a sharp contrast to the yellow crime scene tape surrounding the Midville home. Albright had just moved in.
Investigators are still being very careful about the information they release in this case. They do say, however, that Albright and the three children were all at home this morning when a single deadly gunshot was fired.
"The Burke County Sheriff's Office received the call that there had been a home invasion down on the river," explained Sheriff Coursey.
At first dispatchers were told a masked man broke into the home. However, investigators soon determined that wasn't what happened.
"We do not believe this to be a home invasion. We believe it to be a domestic situation," Coursey said.
The shooting, he says, involved a juvenile. The GBI will not release the name or age of the child or comment on the relationship between the suspect and victim.The Sheriff's Office is not referring to the case as an accident.
"There is no home invader on the loose in this area," Coursey assured the public."There is nothing to be afraid of. We do have this case resolved. I'm not at liberty to tell you any more than I have already."
The GBI arrived on the scene around 10:30 a.m. to assist with the investigation.
Albright's remains will be taken the GBI Crime Lab in Augusta for an autopsy.
For several years, Albright worked for Emily Fulghum as a waitress at Coleman Lake restaurant in Midville.
"I'm shocked," she said. "Early this morning we heard about it and didn't know what had happened. However, it's real tragic and real sad."
Fulghum says Alright worked with them until she found out she was pregnant with her daughter, who is now 2 years old.
"She was a really, really good mom. Jennifer was really happy. After she had [her daughter] she was just excited about her little girl and her life now."
Investigators questioned the children and nearby neighbors and searched the home for evidence throughout the morning and afternoon Friday.
"We don't get many calls here. It's just a quiet community," Coursey said. "This is a real tragedy for everybody involved."
A tragedy especially for those Albright leaves behind.
News 12 will continue to update you on this deadly shooting as the details unfold.