Valdosta Shooting

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The incident took place in the Valdosta city limits, and it took some teamwork with the Sheriff's Department to quickly make the arrests.

A quiet Valdosta neighborhood was awoken late Wednesday night. Police say Melvin Holmes, Jr. was driving his car when his passenger, Cordell Sutton, pulled out a 22 caliber pistol and began shooting at someone he thought was a family enemy.

The only person he hit though was a 17-year-old girl, who police say was an innocent bystander. Authorities from the Police Department and Sheriff's Office quickly moved to make the arrest.

Brian K. Childress, Valdosta police spokesman, says, "In this case, I'm real happy with our patrol officers and with the sheriff's deputy, especially the deputy involved. They did a good job, a real ream effort, and we got the suspects in custody."

Both suspects are in the Lowndes County Jail. Meanwhile, the victim was treated and released from the hospital.

Authorities say the five shots were fired in a residential neighborhood. Police say they are surprised the bullets only struck one person, because there are a lot of homes in the area. These homes are the reason why police say they are hoping the district attorney can get strong sentences for the suspects.

Childress says, "We want these suspects to get the stiffest sentence they can. They don't need to be on the street; they need to be in jail."

Police hope jail time for their suspects can help keep these streets safe for the time being. Investigators say unlike several shootings in Valdosta last year, this latest incident was not gang related.

The bullet struck her in the leg, and investigators say she will make a full recovery.