BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- It's been four days since a toddler was shot and killed in his stroller on the streets of Brunswick. The scene is quiet now, but many question if there is a bigger problem there.
"We are not the small little town we used to be," said Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering.
There has been job growth, widened roads and an increase in visitors to Brunswick. But with the good, Doering says there also comes bad.
"I put my arms around my baby and he shoves me and then he shot my baby right in the head," said Sherry West.
Many are questioning whether the shooting death of her 13-month-old son Antonio Santiago was some sort of gang initiation. Pictures from Facebook show the older of the two suspects, De'Marquis Elkins, 17, making gang-like signs and wearing the color red. It's something his public defender firmly denies.
"I don't believe Marquis is the individual he's been portrayed to be," said Kevin Gough.
Doering would not comment on whether this case is gang related. But he tells me there is a growing gang problem in Glynn County.
"Not a really big peak but just a slow buildup of more activities of concern," he told Action News.
It's something a county-wide violent crime task force focuses on fighting back against. The chief says gang violence is something that he is concerned about and says it has to remain a priority.
"You want to keep a handle on it to control. It's all about keeping it under control as much as we can."
Doering tells Action News if the baby's murder is gang related there will be a gang charge.