Source: Chatham County Sheriff’s Office
“According to the preliminary investigation, the teenager was campaigning for Raphael Warnock in the upcoming election when the incident took place,” police said.
“While standing at the front door of one of the homes on Hartridge Street, the suspect fired a shot through the locked door and hit the teenager,” police said.
The boy was taken to Memorial Medical Center for treatment.
Police said officers quickly identified and located a suspect, 43-year-old Jimmy Paiz, in the home.
Paiz was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and grievous bodily injury, both of which police say are felonies. Paiz was held in lieu of $5,700 bail at the Chatham County Jail.
Police say the incident is still under investigation.
In a statement to NBC News sent by Warnock’s campaign, the senator said, “I am saddened by this incident.”
“I pray for the victim and their family and wish them a full recovery,” said Warnock.
Rev. Raphael Warnock, Democratic Senator for Georgia speaks to reporters during a midterm election campaign in Savannah, Georgia, U.S., November 6, 2022.
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On a LinkedIn page using Paiz’s name, he identifies himself as a retired veteran of the US Marine Corps, who served nearly 17 years before leaving the service in 2014.
A 2020 Facebook post from the Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence includes part of a podcast titled “Picking Your Brain”, in which a retired Marine named Jimmy Paiz talks about being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder related to his service in Iraq. The center is a collaboration of the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to advance care for veterans with brain injuries.
“Retired U.S. Marine Corps SSgt. Jimmy Paiz’s experiences during his travels in Iraq caused him to struggle with #PTSD. With the help of mental health professionals, he can now more easily cope with his daily life,” the Facebook post says.
Paiz’s LinkedIn page describes himself as “a Honduran-American writer and creator who lives in Savannah, GA, though originally from Metro, DC – a beltway kid. I write poetic prose about the human condition, that is, existential musings on our species’ denial of its animal self, among other idiosyncrasies and interests. I am art, too.”