15-year-old Warnock campaigner shot through door by homeowner, deputies say

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A man was arrested after police said he shot a teen campaigning for the upcoming run-off election Thursday night.

Savannah police said the 15-year-old was at a residence on Hartridge Street where he was campaigning for Senator Raphael Warnock.

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Officers said while the teen was at the front door, 42-year-old Jimmy Paiz shot the teen through the closed door, hitting him in the leg.

When they arrived, authorities said officers quickly found Paiz at home and arrested him.


The teen, who has not been identified, was taken to Memorial Medical Center for treatment.

“I am saddened to learn about this incident. I am praying for the victim and their family and wish them a full recovery,” Senator Warnock said in a statement.

Paiz was booked into the Chatham County Jail and charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

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Authorities said there is no indication that the shooting was politically-motivated.

The investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Violent Crimes Tip Line at 912-525-3124.


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