//Official report on Freedom Park shooting

Official report on Freedom Park shooting

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On August 28, 2020, at approximately 6:02 pm., patrol officers and detectives with the Valdosta Police Department responded to Freedom Park, after receiving numerous calls of a fight and subjects being shot. When officers arrived on the scene, they found one 24-year-old male victim with gunshot wounds to his legs and another 23-year-old male with gunshot wounds to his chest and upper leg. Officers immediately rendered first aid to both of the victims. Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene and transported both victims to South Georgia Medical Center for treatment.

Through investigation, it was determined that a group of females met in the park to fight. During the fight, the two male victims began arguing with David Davis. Davis retrieved a handgun and began shooting it towards the males, striking both of them. Davis also shot into a vehicle which had two 22-year old females, and Davis’ 10-month-old child in it.  

Detectives found evidence on the scene connecting Davis to the shooting. At approximately 8:30 pm., Davis turned himself in, to detectives at the Valdosta Police Department. He was transported to Lowndes County Jail, where he is being held on the following charges:

  • 4 counts of aggravated assault-felony;
  • 1 count of aggravated battery-felony; and
  • Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime-felony.

Both male victims are being treated at SGMC, one for non-life-threatening injuries, and the other male is in critical condition.

This is an isolated incident, as Davis was known to the victims.

This case is still under investigation and further charges are pending.

“We are thankful to the citizens who called 911 immediately as the incident was occurring. Davis’ actions showed reckless disregard for others and endangered his own child. I am proud of the work done by our officers and detectives to quickly identify him as the offender and to ensure he was taken into custody quickly.” 

Chief Leslie Manahan