Shooting Victim Dies; Suspect Arrested in Tampa

| August 18, 2015

Shooting

VALDOSTA — Damaria Hill, 18 of Valdosta, shot Sunday has died as a result of his wounds.  The shooter, Eric Simmons, 18 of Valdosta, has been arrested, picked up Monday night near Tampa.

Simmons is being held at the Hillsborough County Jail awaiting extradition to Lowndes County.  Arrest warrants have been issued for Simmons include Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime. VPD also has received an arrest warrant for murder on Simmons as a result of Hill’s death.

Shooting Suspect Eric Simmons

Shooting Suspect Eric Simmons

Sunday, Valdosta Police responded to a shooting called in from a residence in the 2300 block of Caldwell Drive.

Lowndes County EMS responded and transported the victim to the South Georgia Medical Center. Hill left the scene in critical condition with a gunshot wound to his body.

Hill was at the Caldwell Street residence when he was confronted outside by Simmons. Police report there was an argument regarding a domestic issue and Simmons fired a handgun at Hill. Simmons then immediately fled the area.

Anyone having any further information concerning this incident, please call the VPD Tip Line at 229-293-3091 or VPD Bureau of Investigations at 229-293-3145.

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  1. Brittney says:

    It wasn’t midnight. It was 12 noon.

    • Tk says:

      Why shoot? When I was growing up we would just fight, now it’s all about killing each other! These are the kids of the future…so sad!

  2. Elgarth Fairchild says:

    Where’s Jesse, Crump and Al?

  3. Twobuckchuck says:

    I would like to know the number of murders in the city of Valdosta since Jan. 1. 2015 ?

  4. Rex Reed says:

    You shoot somebody and then flee. Why? Because you knew it was wrong or you are a coward, or what? Why pull the trigger and run away like a scared little girl? So sad.