January 29-- Vidalia police are investigating three shootings and one assault which occurred in a three-day period.
The first shooting happened late Friday night when a former Vidalia High School basketball star, 24-year-old Devon Atkins, was shot in the eye in the yard of a residence at 106 West Ninth Street. Atkins' brother told police that Atkins was outside waiting on a girl to pick him up when the shooting occurred. Devon was unable to give police any details about who fired the shots. He was taken to Meadows Healthcare for treatment
The next shooting happened Sunday morning near the residence of Allen Smalley at 622 Martin Luther King Avenue where several rifle shell casings were found on the ground. Police report Tracey Lee Foreman, Jr. was shot in the leg and showed up asking for help at the back door of Kamaria Ayeni at 616 MLK Avenue. She took Foreman to the hospital.
The assault occurred late Sunday afternoon at the home of 47-yar-old Mark Anthony Kirkland at 605 East Seventh Street. Kirkland suffered facial injuries and claims he was attacked from behind by a suspect police identify as 28-year-old Naquan Cain of 718 Mike Street. Later Sunday evening police say Cain was shot at while riding in a car on Orange Street in Vidalia. He suffered a minor wound from either a gunshot or flying shrapnel from the body of the car and checked himself out of Meadows Health without talking to police.