Arrests made in shooting

Published 10:30 am Saturday, April 13, 2019

By Beth Alston

AMERICUS — Four arrests have been made in a mid-week shooting in Americus. The Americus Police Department, working with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Region 3 Office, has charged four suspects in a Wednesday, April 10 shooting incident that left two people injured.

Xavier D. Muff

Arrested are Xavier Muff, 24,

Desmond C. Hamilton

Desmond Cortez Hamilton, 24,

Christopher J. Bowens

Christopher Julius Bowens, 24, and

Esco M. Hurt

Esco Melly Hurt, 28, all of Americus. All four men are charged with aggravated assault. They are all in jail. Esco Hurt was injured in the incident. He was treated and released from Phoebe Sumter Medical Center. The shooting victim, Octavius Shamun Ross, 24, of Americus, is listed in stable condition at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center.
Americus Police Chief Mark Scott said that additional charges are pending on those already in custody and additional arrests are expected.
Police were first notified at about 4:15 a.m. Wednesday of a gunshot victim having been taken to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center by private vehicle. Officers were not able to speak with the victim due to his condition.
The police chief said shooting is believed to have occurred in the 200 block of Academy Street where officers responded to call about shot fire at approximately 3:45 a.m. Wednesday. Investigators are working with the Region Office of the GBI to determine the circumstances that led up to the shooting and identify all of those involved.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Americus Police Department at 229-937-9011 or the GBI at 229-931-2439.