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Valdosta bus stop shooter turned in by family

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VALDOSTA – Late Wednesday night, the teenage offender in a Valdosta shooting was turned into police by family members.


On September 26, 2022, at approximately 7:26 am., Valdosta Police Officers, Detectives, and Crime Scene Personnel, responded to the area of the 1400 block of Weaver Street, after citizens called E911 to report a shooting had just occurred. While officers were heading to the scene, they received updates that the victim had gotten on a school bus after being shot and the bus driver was driving him to the hospital. Officers stopped the school bus on Lankford Drive, and immediately found the 17-year-old male on the bus, with a gunshot wound to his torso. Officers immediately began to render first aid until Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene and transported the victim to the hospital for treatment.

On September 28, 2022, at approximately 11:15 pm., family members brought our offender in this case to the police department and turned him in to law enforcement.

Prior information provided to our department by the legal custodian, indicated that the offender was 17 years of age. Upon his arrest, detectives obtained conflicting information indicating that the offender was actually 16 years of age.

After obtaining this new additional information, in abundance of caution, contact was made with the Department of Juvenile Justice. The offender is being detained at a Regional Youth Detention Center.

If anyone has any information on this incident, please call the Valdosta Police Department Investigations Bureau at 229-293-3145 or the crime tip line at 229-293-3091.