News 12 at 6 o'clock / Thursday, June 6, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A man is dead and a 5-year-old is in the hospital after a shooting early Thursday morning.
Larry Elam, 31, was shot and killed at the home of his girlfriend, Jirmecka Jamison, off of Milledgeville Road in the Augusta Estates Mobile Home Park.
Jamison's 5-year-old was in the house during the shooting. She says he is in the hospital after getting grazed by a bullet.
"I was in my room laying down with my little girl and I heard some gunshots," Jamison said.
That's when she ran to the front of their mobile home, only to find a crime scene in her living room.
Jamison described what she saw in her home, "I seen my boyfriend lying down on the floor on his stomach."
Elam had been shot and killed, right in the front doorway.
Jamison's mother was also present in the home during the incident. Jamison remembered hearing her mother yelling, "Larry's just been shot! Larry's been shot! Somebody call the ambulance!"
Deputies are looking for 24-year-old Darrian Williams in connection to the murder. They say he's armed and dangerous, as well as a known gang member. The victim's family says Elam was targeted after pointing out a red bandana in Williams' pocket.
Elam's family claims he is not involved in gang activity, but News 12 found pictures on his Facebook of him holding up gang signs.
Terinnia Lewis, a neighbor and friend of the victim, says Elam was a good person.
"This man was not no bad person. He wasn't a dopeboy. This man was a family man," Lewis said.
Jamison is still troubled over her loss.
"It's just messed up because he didn't have to die," said Jamison, fighting tears.
The reality of the night's events hit Jamison in the middle of News 12's interview, and the emotion was just too much for her to handle.
Friends and neighbors are now just hoping that anyone who knows anything about this murder, will do the right thing.
One of them pleads, "Us as a community just have to, you know, have to step up and speak up. If you know something about it, you know, speak out and let it be known."