Bainbridge Public Safety is investigating a fatal shooting that happened on the 1000 block of Water Street in Bainbridge on Friday afternoon.
At about 4:35 p.m., BPS officers responded to 1015 E. Water Street after receiving a call a man had been shot, BPS Major Robert Humphrey said Friday night. The victim was 27-year-old Ricardo James.
Police have identified a suspect in the shooting and were searching for him as of 8 p.m. Friday night, said Major Humphrey, chief investigator for BPS.
When officers arrived at 1015 Water Street, Ricardo James had already been taken away from the scene in a private vehicle. He was later pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital, according to Humphrey.
The cause of death was a chest wound from a single bullet. However, witnesses reported hearing 4-5 shots and officers recovered approximately 6-7 shell casings from the intersection of Water Street and Sims Street, where the shooting is believed to have occurred. The victim apparently walked a short way to the yard of 1015 Water Street before collapsing, Humphrey said.
At this time, BPS officers believe there was only one handgun involved in the shooting.
One bullet went through the window of the residence at 1015 E. Water Street and was found embedded in a wall. There were several children inside the home when the shooting happened, however, there were no additional injuries.
We will update this page with any further information we receive.