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May 5, 2014

One person shot on N. Forrest

VALDOSTA — In the fourth shooting in Valdosta since Thursday, one person was injured shortly after midnight Monday morning after an individual fired multiple shots at a moving vehicle in the 1900 block of Forrest Drive, reports stated.

A man, 22, was shot in the neck after a vehicle pulled up near his car and began shooting. There were three passengers in the car, but the man was the only one hit. He was treated at South Georgia Medical Center, and is expected to make a full recovery, according to Lt. Aaron Kirk with Valdosta Police Department.

Victims in the vehicle identified a person they believe to be the offender, a black male, and warrants are being sought for his arrest. VPD is continuing to investigate the incident.

The incident marks the fourth shooting event in the past five days.

A house in the 2500 block of Forrestwood Drive was shot at around 9:45 p.m. Thursday evening and again at around 5:30 p.m. Friday. Two men were taken into custody in those cases, and warrants have been obtained for two others, including the man believed to be the shooter.

Saturday, deputies in Hamilton County, Fla. arrested Brian Levon Charlton-Simmons, 18, after Valdosta police issued a warrant for his arrest in the malice murder of Rufus Howard Ellis III, 36, of Valdosta. Ellis was found shot inside his car at an apartment complex on Old Statenville Road and later died at SGMC.

Investigators do not believe this morning's shooting is related to the shootings on Forrestwood Dr. or the murder of Rufus Ellis, according to Kirk.

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