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20-year-old Octavious Powell was hit during the shooting. Powell was transported to Bainbridge Memorial Hospital where he later died.

ARRESTED | Robert Smith

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By James Buechele

Bainbridge, GA

"Everything about him just glowed," said Octavious Powell's father Elex Worlds.

Worlds says his son was friendly and everyone got a long with him.

"Tried to keep people laughing all the time."

Powell was at a graduation party at the American Legion. The party then moved to the Gibbs-Miles apartment complex.

That's when an argument between two groups of men turned into gunfire. Police say Robert Smith, 19, shot a hand gun which led to more bullets being fired. But only one did damage.

Octavious, an innocent bystander, was shot in the abdomen. He died from his injuries early Wednesday morning.

"The doctors said they did all they can you know. And he was a good boy."

It's still unclear what caused the fight but law enforcement officials say the group that fired shots started arguing earlier in the day.

"[Robert] Smith and some of his friends got in an argument with another group of guys and it just kind of lead over into the night," said Bainbridge Public Safety PIO Adrienne Harrison.

Smith faces one count of felony murder. As for Worlds, he now has the difficult process of planning his son's funeral. He hopes people can learn from this.

"What they need to really do is put the guns down and handle your thing like a man. You know, you'll live to see another day but as of this time, one shot took him out."


News Release: Bainbridge Public Safety
May 21, 2014

Bainbridge, GA - Shots were fired at the Gibbs-Miles Homes on Sims Street near the American Legion just before midnight last night.

20-year-old Octavious Powell was hit during the shooting. Powell was transported to Bainbridge Memorial Hospital where he later died.

There was a party at the American Legion, and the area near Gibbs-Miles Homes served as overflow parking.

Bainbridge Public Safety interviewed a number of witnesses at the scene. They said there were two groups of people arguing in the parking lot. Powell was not involved in the argument, but was an innocent bystander.

Witness identified Robert Smith as one of the shooters. Smith has been arrested and is charged with felony murder.

More arrests may be pending as the case is still under investigation.


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