Only on 12: Deputies watch surveillance video of shootout for first time

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Tuesday, July 2, 2013

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (WRDW) -- A shootout at a house party Saturday night was all caught on a surveillance camera. Cameras were rolling again on Tuesday as News 12's Christie Ethridge sat down with deputies while they watched the footage for the first time.

Even though no one was hurt, deputies say this kind of thing will not be tolerated. Now they say they're determined to catch the shooters.

Cameras were rolling as deputies got their first look at surveillance footage that shows a group of men shooting into a crowd.

"This last guy, boom, he shot one," narrates Sgt. Michael McDaniel.

Expressions of frustration and determination played across the deputy's face as the video played on screen.

"It's something that is definitely not going to be tolerated. Period," he said.

The video shows a group of men walk down Thames Place all in a straight line carrying what neighbors say were everything from shotguns to pistols.

"One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight," counts McDaniel as he watches the scene unfold. "And then everybody starts running."

Muzzle flashes confirm the multiple shots neighbors say they heard that night. A second camera angle shows the shooters -- and the chaos -- even more clearly.

"You've got three, possibly four, suspects shooting. That's a good angle. What's going through my mind now is getting this to CID and getting them to look at it, have our crime scene techs manipulate the screen itself so they can cut it, enlarge it to where we can see the individuals when they're shooting the weapons off," McDaniel explained.

Later in the video, you see deputy cars pull up with their lights flashing. But according to the incident report, only a 40-year-old woman from the house where the party occurred was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Now deputies say they're turning their attention to seeking out the shooters, and they're hoping the community will help.

"With all of us working together, there's no doubt in my mind, no doubt in my mind that at least three of these guys, the three shooting, are going to be identified," McDaniel said.

McDaniel says this is where community policing really makes a difference. He says the video will definitely help in the investigation, but they're hoping by getting pictures from the video, someone will recognize one of the shooters.

News 12 also took a call from the neighborhood's homeowners association president this morning, who says they'll be offering a $2,000 reward for the identification and arrest of the shooters.


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