Murder in the Azalea City

By Ben Wolf
Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Valdosta police are on the hunt for the triggerman. At this time they have no specific description. What we do know is a man was found dead in a parking lot this morning, with a gunshot wound to the head.

Police are looking for answers in the shooting death of 32-year-old Antwan Mathis. Though they don't yet know why he was shot, police strongly believe this case will be solved.

"I can say we have found some items that would possibly lead us to whoever did this," said LT Eugene Bell.

Investigators say a woman who works near the parking lot found Mathis unresponsive in a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer. Upon arriving at the scene police noticed the gunshot wound, but found no weapon. They say that's when the murder investigation began, an investigation that's weighing on people who work in the area.

"It makes you want to think. I live in a different town, having to come over here to work, and it makes you just wanna stay at home," said Eric Gonzales, who works nearby.

"It's bad for the community, something like that happening so close to us. I hope the authorities find out what's going on or what happened," added German Duran, who also works nearby.

Police say they're working tirelessly to do just that.

"The only good that can possibly come out of this right now is that we find out who did this and make sure this person is prosecuted," said Capt. Brian Childress.

Investigators say they're not ruling out gang or drug activity as factors in this crime, but would not comment further at this time.

If you have any information on this crime, you're asked to call the Valdosta Police Department at 229-293-3091.