MOULTRIE -- A Moultrie man surrendered Monday morning in the shooting death of a Valdosta man early Sunday morning.
John Leon Strong Jr., 24, of 122 Fifth St. S.W., was taken to the Colquitt County Jail by a relative and turned himself in at about 11:30 a.m., Moultrie Police Sgt. Roger Lindsay said. He is being charged with felony murder in the shooting death of Eric Alderman, 24, of Valdosta.
Strong did not make a statement to police at the time of his arrest, so Lindsay said they do not know the connection between him and Alderman.
The case is under investigation by the Moultrie Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Residents along Fifth Street Southwest awoke Sunday morning and found police cars and an ambulance on their street investigating the shooting.
The emergency vehicles were on hand after a Moultrie police officer spotted a man asking for help at 12:25 a.m. Sunday. The man, later identified as Alderman, was bleeding, and the officer noticed he had been shot.
Lindsay said Alderman later died of the gunshot wound at Colquitt Regional Medical Center. Colquitt County Coroner John Vickers said an autopsy was performed Monday, but the results were not available as of press time.
Floyd Coates, who lives across the street from Woodmen of the World Park, said he awoke Sunday to see blue lights flashing near his residence. A friend later told him that someone had been shot, and a trail of blood was found in the curb next to his residence.
Another Fifth Street Southeast resident, Janice Gamble, said she saw an ambulance with its lights flashing Sunday morning as she was preparing to go to church. She looked out her window and saw the lights, but she continued to get ready for church and left her residence.
Gamble said she later saw the yellow crime scene tape surrounding an area several feet from her residence. She had heard hearsay as to what happened Sunday but was more interested in learning the facts.
Lindsay said an officer on patrol heard Alderman calling for help at the intersection of Fifth Street Southwest and Third Avenue Southwest Sunday morning. The officer provided aid to Alderman, and he also called for Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel to the scene.
Vickers said Alderman was shot once in the chest and died from the wound.
Alderman's vehicle, a Ford Taurus, was found at the intersection where Alderman was shot, Lindsay said. A search of the vehicle found a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun, a .38-caliber handgun and a 9mm cartridge. The guns found are not believed to be either weapon used to shoot Alderman.
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