Valdosta Daily Times

January 10, 2014

Man wounded in shooting

Adam Floyd
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — One person was injured Thursday afternoon when the occupants of one vehicle opened fire on another vehicle outside of a North Valdosta Road business.

At approximately 3:15 p.m., the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of multiple shots fired in the parking lot of the Liquor Barn at 3990 North Valdosta Road. A dark grey Dodge Charger was fired upon at least three times by assailants in a SUV, according to initial reports from law enforcement on the scene.

The Charger fled the scene and stopped at the Flash Foods convenience store on North Valdosta Road.

“I was standing at the register, and three guys walk into the store, and one of them is yelling ‘My cousin got shot! Call 911!,’” said Carrie Tibbetts, Flash Foods associate. “We got on the phone with 911, and watched them walk back to the bathroom — all three.”

When the trio returned from the bathroom, another store employee tended to the injured man’s gunshot wound. Tibbetts said he was limping and bleeding from the leg,

“Whenever they came in, he had a bullet wound about nickel-sized in his left leg,” said Selena Fulford, another store employee.

While waiting for the police to arrive, the men began telling the story of what happened, said Tibbetts.

“They said they were down at the Quick Stop getting gas when some people in an SUV pulled up and didn’t like the way they were looking at them and started shooting at them, and he was all upset,” said Tibbetts. “I kept asking what color the SUV was, but he said he didn’t know.”

The Liquor Barn shares a parking lot with the One Stop #1 convenience store. Neither business was involved in the incident, according to law enforcement on the scene.

Shortly after investigators arrived at the Flash Foods and paramedics transported the gunshot victim to South Georgia Medical Center, Tibbetts and the other employees began questioning about what occurred.

“Me and one of the cashiers started talking, and I said ‘I wonder why they stopped here instead of going to the hospital,’” said Tibbetts.

Smith-Northview Hospital is behind the convenience store.

“One of the other associates looked at me and said, ‘You know what? They all three went to the bathroom,’” said Tibbetts. “So, she ran to the bathroom and discovered a gun in the trashcan underneath the bag.”

The employee alerted investigators to her discovery, and the two men were physically searched at the scene.

As of Thursday evening, the Sheriff’s Office was unable to locate any suspects or the other vehicle involved in the shooting and were continuing to investigate.