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Deputies investigate two unrelated shootings in Blakely

Blakely, Ga.--The Early County Sheriff's Office is investigating two unrelated shootings that happened over the weekend in Blakely.

The first, a grandmother shot while protecting her home and grandchild. The second, a man staring down the barrel of a revolver as the trigger was pulled, but the gun did not fire.

Saturday afternoon, the Early County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of a person shot at Tall Pines Trailer Park.

Once at the scene, deputies learned that a grandmother was shot by her grandchild's father.

"23-year-old James Harvey went over to the mother of his baby's home and became upset when he was denied those rights," said Theia Hardrick, Early County Sheriff's Investigator.

James Harvey of Dawson, Georgia refused to leave the home.

"The baby's grandmother stepped in and asked him to leave her residence when he became upset and pulled out a pistol," said Hardrick.

He then shot her in the chest, in front of several children and other witnesses.

"Right now she's in stable condition," said Hardrick.

After the shooting Harvey took off on his vehicle.

Police eventually detained him, charging him with nine counts of Aggravated Assault, one count for each occupant inside the mobile where the shots were fired, five counts of Cruelty to Children 1st Degree. One count of Burglary 1st.

Deputies are investigating another shooting that occurred at a residence on Sunday on Mulberry Lane.

Police reveal the shooting was stemmed from an argument between two male cousins about each other significant other.

"The victim mentioned he had been with the suspect's old lady and went home to get a revolver," said Hardrick.

The suspect, Patrick Horn, left and then returned to the victim's residence with a revolver.

"He originally pointed the gun in his face. There were words exchanged and then he fired one shot in the air," said Hardrick.

The suspect pointed the gun back in his cousin's face and pulled the trigger two more times, but the gun did not fire.

"We don't know if the gun still had bullets left in it or not," said Hardrick.

Nobody was injured in the shooting.

Patrick Horn has been charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault and one count of Possession of a Firearm by a convicted felon.

Genita Pugh,53, is facing a misdemeanor in the case from statements and actions she made during the initial stages of the investigation.

Suspects in both shootings will have their first appearance in the near future.

The grandmother who was shot in the chest remains in stable condition.


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