While an investigation continues into the shooting death of 17-year-old Kingsley Gibbs, a Georgia Bureau of Investigations agent said Tuesday that investigators are so far lacking probable cause for an arrest in the killing.
“Both had weapons and both individuals were shot,” Special Agent, GBI, Mary Chandler said. “Based on witness statements, we don’t have probable cause at this time to file charges.”
According to Special Agent Mary Chandler, GBI, authorities have determined that on Saturday, March 8, at approximately 7:50 p.m. both Gibbs and 17-year-old Imunn Sanford fired weapons at each other. Gibbs, according to the Madison Police Chief Bill Ashburn, was struck three times; twice in the leg and once in the abdomen and Sanford was struck once in the abdomen.
Chandler and Ashburn said investigators had interviewed persons at the scene based on identification from video taken from surveillance cameras. The shooting took place on the street on Morgan Circle in Madison.
Witnesses, both law enforcement officials said, claimed both Gibbs and Sanford fired weapons. “Based on witness statements, both men shot,” Chandler said.
Gibbs was transported to Morgan Medical Center by two women in a private vehicle after the shooting were he was later pronounced dead. Sanford made his way to a private residence on Morgan Circle and was then transported via ambulance to Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital were he underwent surgery for the gunshot before being released three days later.
No weapons have been recovered Ashburn said.
Investigators are awaiting further forensic evidence from the scene, specifically identifying several shell casings found on the street to try and determine if there were more shooters involved. No motive for the shooting has been presented.
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