KEY POINTS

  • Police found the mother with a critical gunshot injury Tuesday
  • The six-week-old boys were found unharmed in Rincon later the day
  • Police thanked the community for its assistance in finding the children

A 23-year-old woman has been arrested for shooting a young mother and kidnapping her twin babies at Savannah in Georgia. 

Savannah Police Department said six-week-old boys Lorenzo and Matto Rogers were found unharmed in Rincon after being kidnapped Tuesday morning. However, their mother 23-year-old Gabrielle Rodgers is in critical condition in a hospital, the police said in a statement.

The accused Angela Montgomery now faces one aggravated assault charge and two counts of kidnapping.

Police were called to the 1500 block of NE 36th Street shortly after 10 a.m. On arrival, they found Rodgers suffering from a "critical" gunshot wound. She was immediately rushed to the hospital. 

The female suspect had fled the residence with the twin immediately after the shooting. The Police had also issued an Amber alert, which read that they were looking for "a black female possibly named Kathleen" traveling in a white sedan, possibly a Kia Optima.

Detectives soon got leads that the suspect might be in Effingham County. "Tips called in to 911 greatly assisted in the speed of the case," the statement read. 

The statement added that around 2:30 p.m, SPD detectives and SWAT, with assistance from the Rincon Police Department and Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, took Montgomery into custody at a residence in Rincon. The twins were also located at the residence unharmed but were transported to a hospital for a medical evaluation, it said. 

“What happened today is every mother’s worst nightmare. We are so thankful that Matto and Lorenzo were located quickly and were ultimately unharmed,” said Savannah Police Chief Roy Minter. "This was an all-hands-on-deck approach. Everyone in the Savannah area was looking for this suspect and the twins.”

He said tips from the community helped in solving the case. "The detectives, in this case, worked quickly, tracking down every available lead while working with our local, state, and federal partners, but the case would not have moved as swiftly if it had not also been for the community assistance," Minter added. 

In a similar incident, an eight-year-old boy from Muskogee in Oklahoma was found safe after an Amber alert was issued following his kidnapping Tuesday. The child, Jaiden, was with his mother Tamicah Simpson, who does not have custody of her son. Police said this was not the first time she tried to kidnap Jaiden.

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