VALDOSTA -- Police arrested three men Tuesday in connection with Monday afternoon's drive-by shooting.

Frederick Thomas, 19, of 3833 North Oak St. Ext., Apt. 40; Terrell Andrew Troutman, 18, and Jason Arnold Troutman, 22, were all charged with aggravated assault.

Police said the Troutmans' address was listed as 5324 Jackson Road, Morven, but the two men were living in the North Oak Street Extension apartment with Thomas.

Cmdr. Steven Heaton said more charges may be added as the investigation into the 3 p.m. shooting continues.

On Monday, James Smith, 32, 2431 University Drive, was shot twice in the leg while standing outside of his home when three men in a white Pontiac Grand Prix stopped at Smith's residence. A passenger stepped from the vehicle and fired several shots.

Police are looking at possible connections between the three men and other shootings that have recently occurred in Valdosta, including a 1 a.m. drive-by shooting in the 1100 block of Ponderosa Drive.

Residents said a car rode by their home, fired shots and returned moments later, firing more shots. One bullet entered a residence and struck the headboard in a child's room before lodging in a wall.

"We are looking at other shootings over the last several weeks to see if these men are possible suspects in those as well," Heaton said.

"We've heard several different motives for the altercation and are still trying to sort it out."

The shootings are not thought to be random. Heaton said the suspects and some of the men at the University Drive residence had "grown up together." At this time, Heaton said it is unclear whether any of the suspects are involved in a gang.

Heaton said the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office assisted in this investigation.



To contact Tanya B. O'Berry, call 244-3400, ext. 239.

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