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Two killed, two injured in separate Wilkes County incidents

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Published: Dec. 1, 2020 at 10:59 PM EST
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WASHINGTON, Ga. - Deadly and dangerous incidents have unfolded in Wilkes County, with authorities telling News 12 some details of those incidents that occurred over this past week.

Shooting last week

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating a shooting that occurred Nov. 25.

A freshman at Washington-Wilkes High was shot by accident at a home in the 100 block of Riverside Drive, according to GBI.

GBI said Mitaiveon Tutt, 15, of Washington, and a 16-year-old were handling a gun when it discharged, striking Tutt.

Tutt was taken to Augusta University Medical Center, where he died Saturday, according to authorities.

The 16-year-old was charged Monday with involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a person under the age of 18 and tampering with evidence, according to GBI.

The teenager had a detention hearing Tuesday and is in the custody of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.

Tutt’s body was transported to the GBI medical examiner’s office in Decatur for an autopsy Wednesday, according to authorities.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the GBI at 706-595-2575 or the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office at 706-678-2224. Tips can also be submitted by calling 800-597-8477, visiting https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online or downloading the “See Something, Send Something” mobile app.

Saturday evening accident

A four-wheeler crash on Saturday killed 43-year-old Edward Feaster III.

He was pronounced dead at 10 p.m. on the scene. The coroner says the cause of death was blunt trauma to the head.

According to the coroner, Feaster and his 8-year-old boy were leaving a dirt road from a deer camp, turning on Thomas Grenade Road. It appeared the front end of the four-wheeler came off when Feaster lost control and went down an embankment.

The 8-year-old was treated at a hospital and has been released.

Details of the incident are still limited at this time.

Weekend shooting

Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office Chief Investigator Thomas Bailey said a nonfatal shooting occurred on Sunday at about 11:30 p.m.

Someone, apparently on foot, fired multiple rounds into a home on Hendry Lane.

An 18-year-old inside the home, Malik Wheeler, a senior at Washington-Wilkes High, was shot in the leg and was transported to Augusta University Medical Center, according to Bailey.

Investigators recovered several pieces of evidence from inside and outside the home.

It’s an ongoing investigation with no solid leads at this point, according to Bailey.

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