Griffin High School student was shot at a graduation party in Jackson on Friday night.
Cederrious Hastings a member of Griffin High football team was at a graduation party in Butts County on Levi Barnes Road near highway 36 in South Butts County.
He along with three other individuals from Griffin were shot. Hastings was transported to the Atlanta Medical Center where he died about 5 and a half hours later. The other three victims are in stable condition according to Butts County Sheriff Long however long said in a Monday Night Press Convergence that the female that was wounded, will have a lengthy recovery.
Lamar County High School Senior
Kodaidra Hamm wounded in Saturday
morning shooting in Butts County.
Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette identified Kodaidra Hamm as the female subject wounded in the Saturday Morning shooting incident. Photo Courtesy of Walter Geiger.
Also a the 7:30 meeting Monday Night at the Butts County Sheriff’s Department WKEU news was assisted by Rikki Kolaus of WSBTV Channel 2, and we were told that the investigation is widening the search for two additional shooters in addition to the two previously arrested Germarious “Gee” O’ Neal and Christopher “Ray-Ray” Walker. Sheriff Long also said that his investigators believe that the other two shooters are form Griffin. There were 28 shell casings recovered at the scene by investigators.
On Monday afternoon WKEU received the following press release from the Butts County Sheriff’s Department.
ARRESTS MADE IN GRADUATION PARTY SHOOTING
On May 21, 2016 at approximately 12:30 am, Butts County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to persons shot at a residence on Levi Barnes Road. Upon arrival deputies discovered 4 victims that had been struck. Three of the victims are stable at this time. One of the victims is deceased. All four victims are from Griffin, GA.
Butts County Investigators have worked tirelessly since the incident and as of today, May 23, 2016, two suspects have been arrested and are being held at the Butts County Jail on charges of Murder, Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm during the commission of a crime. Suspects are Gemarious “Gee” O’neal, 19 year old black male from Griffin, GA and Christopher “Ray Ray” Walker, 19 year old black male from Flovilla, GA.
As the investigation continues, we expect more arrests to follow. I want to personally thank District Attorney Richard Milam and his staff, Chief James Morgan and the Jackson Police Department, Chief Mike Yates and the Griffin Police Department, Sheriff Wendall Beam and the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office along with the citizens of Butts and Spalding Counties for their assistance in the Investigation. I commend my Deputies and Investigators for their determination in identifying and arresting those responsible.
My Office has received questions about this shooting being gang related. Our Investigation has revealed this shooting was NOT gang related. This was student athletes from Jackson and Griffin fighting when the shots were fired unfortunately striking the four victims. I ask everyone to keep the families affected by this senseless act of violence in your thoughts and prayers.
WKEU News has learned that a Griffin High School student was shot at a party in Jackson on Friday night and died of his injuries Saturday.
Cederrius Hastings, a member of the Griffin High Bears football team, was at a graduation party in Butts County on Levi Barnes Road, just off Highway 36, when he was shot along with three other individuals also from Griffin. Hastings was transported to the Atlanta Medical Center where he died Saturday morning. The other three unidentified gunshot victims are in stable condition at this time according to Sheriff Gary Long. Butts County Corner Ralph Wilson has sent Hastings body to the Georgia State Crime Lab to determine the exact cause of death. The investigation is currently ongoing and additional information is expected to be released later by the Butts County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff Long said that his department had received several calls in relation to the Saturday night graduation and said, “I can assure you that the Butts County Sheriff’s Office, the Jackson Police Department, and the School Board are doing everything in our power to secure the safety of the 2016 graduates and everyone that will be in attendance. There have been no viable threats made against the graduation ceremony, however all precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of all in attendance.”
If anyone has any information relating to the shooting, you are asked to please contact the Butts County Sheriff’s Office at 770-775-8216
Hastings wore number 84 as a first year wide receiver for the Bears. He participated in the annual Green and Gold spring game on the night before he was gunned down. According to Griffin High School Head Coach Antonio Andrews, grief counselors will be made available to help students cope with the tragedy on Monday.