Suspect jailed in Stockbridge shooting

By Jason A. Smith


Authorities have apprehended a man they believe is responsible for a shooting in Stockbridge that occurred Sunday.

Raymond Saysanit, 26, who is listed in jail records as having a Lawrenceville address, is charged with one count of aggravated assault. He is being held without bond in the Henry County Jail.

Henry County Police believe Saysanit shot Joseph Wells, 28, at approximately 7:30 a.m., on Sunday, while the victim was visiting a home at 116 Tye St., in Stockbridge. Police said Wells answered a knock at the door of the residence when he was shot by Saysanit, also known as "Merc."

"Witnesses heard several gunshots, one of which struck Wells in the neck," said Henry County Police Capt. Jason Bolton. "Saysanit then fled the scene in a white, Ford Ranger."

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

Bolton said Wells was able to get out of the house, but fell near the street where the incident occurred.

"Wells was transported to Grady Memorial [Hospital]," said Bolton.

A Grady Memorial Hospital spokesperson, Denise Simpson, said Wells remained in critical condition Tuesday afternoon.

According to Bolton, the search for Saysanit took local authorities beyond county lines.

"Henry County detectives had learned of his possible whereabouts, and contacted Gwinnett County [Police]," said Bolton. "He was located and arrested, and then turned over to Henry County detectives."

Saysanit appeared Tuesday in Henry County Magistrate Court. A preliminary hearing in his case was reset for Nov. 18, to enable him to hire an attorney.

If a judge determines there is sufficient probable cause to bind the case over, a bond hearing will be set at a later date in Superior Court.