A pregnant Waycross woman was shot and killed and her two young sons wounded by gunfire as they slept in their Owens Street home early Saturday, said a spokesman for the Waycross Police Department.
Shanique Shanice Bellamy, 24, died from the bullet wounds delivered by an ex-boyfriend who has been arrested, said Capt. Danny Hampton.
The children, ages 1 and 2, were taken by ambulance to the local hospital, then transferred to an out-of-town hospital in critical but stable condition, Hampton said. Police Chief Tony Tanner said this morning that he hasn’t received an update recently on their condition.
A few hours after the shooting, at about 8 a.m., Clinton Lee Davis, 30, was taken into custody in St. Marys after Waycross police posted an all-points bulletin for him. Tanner said Davis recently moved there from Waycross.
Davis was transported back to Waycross by Ware deputies Saturday afternoon and was booked at the Ware jail where he remained this morning, facing murder, feticide and aggravated assault charges.
Bellamy was about six months pregnant, said Hampton.
She and the children were sleeping at their home in the 600 block of Owens Street early Saturday when, it is alleged, Davis entered the house and opened fire with a handgun on her and the children as they lay sleeping.
One of the boys was shot multiple times, police said.
Police were dispatched to the house about 1:55 a.m. after 911 received a call for help. Atha Lucas, the county coroner, was summoned to the house where Bellamy was pronounced dead.
Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal said Sgt. John Walthour and other deputies responded to the crime scene to establish a perimeter. Walthour assisted the Waycross police officers who entered the residence to secure the scene, Royal said.
Hampton said that shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday Davis was arrested in St. Marys. Officers from the St. Marys Police Department were contacted by investigators with the Waycross Police Department and given information on Davis. They were able to find Davis, who complied with them, and make the arrest, said Hampton.
Waycross police have declined to comment on a motive for the shooting.
Davis is the father of at least one of the children, Hampton said.
No further details are being released at this time, said investigators.