Clayton man sought in Stockbridge shooting

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith @henryherald.com

Henry County Police are searching for a Clayton County man they believe is responsible for shooting a Stockbridge man over the weekend.

Authorities have identified the alleged shooter as 26-year-old Raymond Saysanit, also known as "Merc," or "Murk." The incident took place Sunday at approximately 7:30 a.m., at a home at 116 Tye St.

According to Police Capt. Jason Bolton, 28-year-old Joseph Wells, of Griffin, the victim, was visiting the Tye Street residence when he heard someone knocking at the door, and answered it. "Witnesses heard several gunshots, one of which struck Wells in the neck," said Bolton. "Saysanit then fled the scene in a white Ford Ranger."

Bolton said the victim made his way out of the house, and fell near the street where the incident occurred. "Wells was transported to Grady Memorial [Hospital], where he is in critical condition," said the captain.

Bolton said that six people were inside the house when the victim was shot, but did not release additional details, regarding their statements to police.

Police described Saysanit as an Asian male of about 5-feet, 6-inches tall, and weighing 205 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Bolton did not say whether the suspect is believed to have any connections to the victim, or the residents of the house where the shooting took place. A warrant has been issued for Saysanit, charging him with aggravated assault.

Police said Saysanit should be considered "armed and dangerous." He was reportedly last seen driving a 1995 white, Ford Ranger, with a possibly expired Georgia tag. The number on the tag, according to Bolton, is AAN 6114.

Anyone with information as to the suspect's whereabouts is asked to call Detective James Brumage in the police department's Criminal Investigations Division. Brumage can be reached at (770) 288-8250.