Police in Warner Robins, Georgia are investigating a deadly shooting that killed one teenager and injured four more over the weekend. As authorities search for those responsible, a community mourns the tragic loss of a bright young woman.
According to a media release from the Warner Robins Police Department, the incident occurred on Saturday night, September 4, around 10 pm. Local residents reportedly called police to report a disturbance at a party that had blocked local street traffic.
When police arrived at the scene, one person reportedly began firing shots from a car driving away from the party. Bullets struck several people, including 15-year-old Tanyla Johnson. The teenager was reportedly taken to Houston Medical Center, where she died from her wounds.
In addition to Johnson, four other teens were injured in the shooting. According to WGXA, the victims included a 16-year-old boy who was shot in the hand, a 17-year-old male struck in the heel, a 17-year-old female shot in both legs, and an 18-year-old female hit in the cheek. The police department described these victims’ injuries as non-life-threatening.
On Tuesday, September 7, Warner Robins Police Chief John Wagner said the suspects are still at large, and the investigation ongoing.
“We’re beginning to get a picture of what happened,” Wagner said, according to The Telegraph. “Somebody knows the person or persons that were firing guns, and we need those names.”
Wagner also paid tribute to the victims, including Johnson.
“She’s just an innocent victim, and so are the other four that were injured,” Wagner said.
Meanwhile, family and community members mourn Johnson’s tragic passing.
“I just want to say I love you Nyla and we going to miss her so much. I can’t talk,” said Temekia Felder, Johnson’s aunt.
Johnson’s cousin, Shae Jones, remembered her as a selfless member of the family.
“She thought about people first before her,” Jones said. “She was one of the best little cousins ever. Somebody I knew I could take in and treat as my sister I always wanted.”
In response to the incident, neighbor Gregory Collins called for an end to gun violence in the community.
“Put the guns down, put the guns down,” Collins said. “If you have an altercation with someone, you can’t work it out and you have to use your hands, use your hands. But when you get up shake hands, and keep it moving. The gun violence isn’t going to cause nothing but pain for your family and the next family.”