WINDER, Ga. — A Winder man is awaiting extradition back to Georgia after authorities say he shot two women and kidnapped one one of them out of the state.
The Winder Police Department said 27-year-old Ralph Jones Jr. will face two counts each of aggravated assault and aggravated battery in violation of Georgia's Family Violence Act and one count of kidnapping for an incident that police learned about around 10 a.m. Monday.
Witnesses told police that around that time they heard three to four gunshots and saw a car leaving the area of Sweet Gum Lane in Winder. Police arrived to find a 23-year-old woman shot multiple times. She was rushed to an area hospital for treatment, though her condition hasn't been released.
Winder Police said their investigation eventually led them to name Jones as a suspect. It also revealed that he may be traveling with a 20-year-old woman who may have been held against her will.
So police put out an alert for Jones and his vehicle to their dispatchers, and it was spread to several counties in the area. It soon ended up in Oconee County, South Carolina - just over the state line - where officers discovered Jones' vehicle parked and a woman suffering a gunshot wound inside.
Jones was walking nearby and was taken into custody. The 20-year-old victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment and her condition was also unavailable.
Winder detectives are now working with South Carolina law enforcement to gather more details about the crime. Police haven't named either of the victims or what led up to the shooting. Once extradited back to Georgia, Jones will await a bond hearing at the Barrow County Detention Center.