UPDATE By: Joe Hellriegel
"I've been asked questions about, well how do you stop this? You can't stop individuals, you can't govern how people think," said Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress.
Childress is referring to the shooting that killed Rufus Howard III on Saturday at the Park Chase Apartments. Childress says Howard, and the shooter, Brian Charlton-Simmons were arguing at a Valdosta Night club on Thursday, but it didn't stop there.
"Is the nightclub at fault because of this? No. Absolutely not, absolutely not. The reason these shootings take place is because I have individuals out there that are not taking personal responsibility for being adults," said Childress.
Police say Charlton-Simmons fled to Hamilton County after the shooting, where he has friends and family.
VPD responded to multiple shootings several days in a row. Childress says the detectives, and the community came together to try to solve these crimes.
"I can tell you at Park Chase, I had folks walking up to me, fed up with these two individuals and what they we're doing," said Childress. "We had a lot of folks come forth on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and to tell us what happened, and so that helps. We have to have that."
According to police, Saturday's shooting was not gang related. Charlton-Simmons was arrested in Hamilton County and is being held in the Hamilton County Jail under malice murder.
News Release: Valdosta Police Department
Updated: May 5, 2014
At approximately 1700 hours, the Valdosta Police Department responded to 1100 Old Statenville Road, Park Chase Apartments, in reference the victim being shot and found in his car. The victim was transported to the South Georgia Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. Within a few minutes of the incident, officers and detectives identified the offender in the shooting. After issuing a regional look-out for the offender, at approximately 1900 hours, a Hamilton County Florida Deputy made contact with Brian Levon Charlton-Simmons and took him into custody for VPD.
The incident stems from the fact the victim and the offender had been arguing over the past couple of days which escalated with the shooting at Park Chase Apartments.
A warrant was obtained by Valdosta Police Detectives last night on Charlton-Simmons for malice murder and faxed to Hamilton County SO where he is currently being held.
“I am very proud of the quickness of Valdosta Police Officers and Detectives who identified the offender quickly and I also appreciate the assistance of Hamilton County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office and Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office in this case”, stated Chief Brian Childress.
The Valdosta Polce Department released the name of the victim in yesterday's fatal shooting.
Polce have identified the victim as 36-year-old Rufus Ellis of Valdosta. VPD says Ellis was shot in his car by 18 year old Brian Charlton-Simmons Saturday evening.
Charlton-Simmons was caught about two hours later and is currently being held in the Hamilton County (FL) jail.
UPDATE By: Joe Hellriegel
May 3, 2014 - 9:40pm
One person is dead after a shooting in Valdosta.
It happened at the Park Chase Apartments right before 5 this afternoon. Valdosta Police say 18 year old Brian Charlton-Simmons shot multiple rounds at the victim who is not being identified, while both were sitting in separate vehicles at the apartment complex. The victim was taken to South Georgia Medical Center who later died from the injuries. The car being towed away was the victim's car which he was shot in. Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress says the shooting stemmed from an argument between the two, days earlier.
"Mr. Charlton-Simmons had an argument at a nightclub in Valdosta with the victim a couple of days ago. The two continued to argue over the next couple of days, this afternoon the two met up at Park Chase apartments for whatever reason and at that time Mr. Charlton-Simmons introduced a gun, a handgun, and multiple shots were fired."
The offender was arrested by Hamilton County Sheriff's Office where he is currently being held. Chief Childress says it's because of the Valdosta Police detectives who responded quickly, that an arrest was able to be made.
By: James Buechele
May 3, 2014 - 7pm
Valdosta, GA - Valdosta Police are on the scene of a shooting at an apartment complex.
Police were called out to the Park Chase apartments off of Old Statenville Road a little after 5 P.M. We're still waiting word on a suspect and the condition of the victim.
Our reporter on scene says a vehicle was being towed away.
We'll update the story as we learn more information.