Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

May 5, 2014

A question of why in the latest shootings

-- — Strange how these things seem to happen all at once.

At this writing, there have been four reported shootings during a five-day period with the Valdosta city limits. Weeks will pass with nary a violent act reported then a series of shootings within the city. Two of the four incidents seem related; the other two do not.

Two incidents were reported of drive-by shootings last week at a Forrestwood Drive residence. No injuries were reported in either case. Police have suspects in the case.

Early Monday, a 22-year-old man was shot in the neck after a vehicle pulled near his car and opened fire along North Forrest Street.

On Saturday, a 36-year-old man was shot to death as he sat inside of his car on Old Statenville Road. An 18-year-old is in custody charged with murder.

Again, with exception of the Forrestwood Drive incidents, these shootings are unrelated. So, we must wonder, why now?

Some times, these events have no apparent connection. No visible thread. No single triggerman.

Instead, like series of unrelated shootings in the past, these terrible things spread like a virus. No connection other than the coincidence of comparison. They strike like a blight on the city.

We pray for the recovery of the injured in these violent acts. We pray for the family and friends of the man senselessly killed Saturday afternoon. We hope law-enforcement soon brings these shooters to justice.

And let us pray that this series of shootings has come to a close.

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