Saturday, Feb. 8th, 2014
RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW)- Bobby Jones and Mike Padgett Highway aren't strangers to car accidents.
So, when people saw blue lights Saturday morning, some thought it was just another wreck. Instead, deputies found 28-year-old Gerald Clifford fatally shot in his car.
Backed up traffic, blue lights, and police cars blocking up Bobby Jones Expressway early this morning leaving a lot of people guessing what was going on.
"I thought it was a check point at first," said one witness Jose Devalle.
"There were about 4 patrol cars with lights on and I saw the machine and knew they were doing some ballistics stuff," said Devalle.
Police say a deputy was driving on Bobby Jones approaching the Mike Padgett Highway exit ramp, and came up to what he thought was a truck broken down on the side of the road and as he walked up to the driver's side, he found a man shot to death inside.
"It's pretty shocking to hear that someone is murdering people and leaving them in their car," said Tony Young.
Once the news spread, those who live and work around the area were shocked.
"To find it in your own backyard is a little disturbing," said Young.
Robert Coleman lives a few streets away and says shootings have become a regular occurrence.
"One, two, three. Three streets that I know of that have had shootings going on," said Coleman.
Coleman says things have changed in this area over the years.
"You used to be able to get out here and walk to streets hang out and talk to friends, but there's too much violence now you can't do it," said Coleman.
Whether you feel safe or not, Tony Young has one piece of advice for you.
"Take the Lord Jesus wherever you go because you're going to need him," said Young.
We've been in 2014 for a little over a month and police say this is the third homicide of the year, and people have been commenting on Facebook with mixed reactions.
Some think that this number is high for this time of year, and will continue to rise. Others think it's a pretty low number.
The case is still under investigation, and if you have any information contact Richmond County Sheriff's Office.