On Monday, September 7, 2020, at approximately 3:24 am., Valdosta Patrol Officers responded to Andy’s Wings and Things at 118 West Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, after receiving a 911 call about a subject being shot. When officers arrived on the scene, they assisted in providing first aid to the victim, Lawrence Franklin, who had an apparent gunshot wound to his torso. Emergency Medical Services Personnel arrived on scene and transported Mr. Franklin to South Georgia Medical Center, where he was later pronounced deceased.
Detectives from the Valdosta Police Department Person’s Crimes Unit and Crime Scene Personnel from the Valdosta Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory responded to the scene and began an investigation.
When the shooting occurred in the parking lot, there were numerous people present who left the area as police were arriving and rendering first aid to the victim. The police department is seeking assistance from any individual who may have witnessed the incident or may have seen something that could assist in their investigation.
Detectives are currently interviewing witnesses and processing the evidence collected on the scene. Mr. Franklin will be transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Medical Examiner’s Office in Atlanta for an autopsy.
If anyone has any information or video that could assist with the investigation, please contact the Bureau of Investigations at 229-293-3145 or the tip line at 229-293-3091.
“This is a senseless and tragic loss of a young man’s life, and our thoughts go out to his family. We know that there were witnesses to the incident and we hope that they will come forward to help us give Mr. Franklin’s family answers.” Chief Leslie Manahan.