[UPDATE] 5-16 11:30am --
On March 27, 2011 (Sunday morning) at approx 2:00 am, the Valdosta Police Department responded to a shooting at Hudson Docket, 807 S. Fry Street, where Joshua Bridges was found shot in the head. Bridges was transported to South Georgia Medical Center and later Florida to be treated. Bridges is still in a hospital in Florida and is in stable condition.
On May 12th and 13th, Valdosta Police Detectives filed charges on Anthony Lamonte Parker for Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime.
Valdosta Police requested the assistance of the Southwest Georgia Federal Gang Taskforce and on Friday, May 13th, the Federal Gang Taskforce arrested Parker in Alamo, Georgia and brought him back to Valdosta.
Anyone having any further information regarding this crime or any other crime is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department at 229-293-3145 or can remain anonymous at 229-293-3091.
[UPDATE] 3-28 12:58pm --
Valdosta Police Department Detectives have arrested 20 year old Dominic Heekeen Porter, Valdosta resident for the shooting of Ngo Porter has been charged with Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime and Obstruction. Porter also had an active arrest warrant from Lakeland Georgia for violation of probation. Porter is being held in the Lowndes County Jail. Additional charges on Porter have not been ruled out. Ngo is being treated in a Florida hospital and is now in fair condition.
The victim of the Hudson Dockett Housing Complex shooting was 23-year-old Valdosta resident Joshua Bridges. He is still hospitalized in Florida in stable condition. Detectives are still seeking leads on this case.
[UPDATE] 3-28 Noon --
Two Valdosta residents shot in the head over the weekend are expected to make a full recovery.
Police say 38-year-old Hai Ngo is listed in stable condition at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Officers say Ngo suffered a gunshot wound to the head at the Lemans Apartment Complex in Valdosta during a robbery. Police say they're filling arrest warrants for the suspect they have in custody. We'll have more details on that tonight.
The second victim, in a separate Valdosta shooting, is also in stable condition at Tallahassee Memorial. Police say 23-year-old Joshua Bridges suffered a gunshot wound to the head early Sunday morning in the Hudson Dockett area. Police are following leads and say they have persons of interest. But no arrests have been made yet in the case.
The past few days have been violent in Valdosta.
Within one weekend, two men have been sent to the hospital for unrelated gunshot wounds to the head.
Valdosta Police say one victim, a 22-year-old Valdosta man, was shot when a gunman opened fire into his vehicle from a passing car near the Hudson Dockett Housing Complex.
According to some, a little gunfire is nothing new.
Says area resident Bruce Thomas, "I mean, it really -- stuff like that happens everyday, so you just get used to it."
Others aren't quite as indifferent.
Randolph Lamons lives in the LeMans Apartment complex where the second victim, 38-year-old Hai Ngo was shot.
He says the neighbors are pleasant people, but he's worried what will happen to his children when they're outside the apartment.
Says Lamons, "It scared me. I was scared because I have kids that are out, you know, and it's scary and you don't feel safe in your own house."
Some feel the easiest way to stay safe involves carrying a weapon themselves.
Thomas remarked, "Only thing you can do is get a gun to try and protect yourself -- it's hard to protect yourself."
The Valdosta Police Department says both shooting cases are under investigation.
People say it's unfortunate, but they know this won't be the last time they see violence in Valdosta.
On March 25, 2011 at approximately 11:30 pm, Valdosta Police Department officers responded to LeMans Apartments, 415 Northside Drive, Valdosta, Georgia in response to a male having been assaulted. Upon arrival, officers made contact with 38 year old Valdosta resident Hai Ngo. Ngo was a resident of the apartment complex. Ngo was able at the time to communicate with officers. Lowndes County Emergency Medical Services responded, and Ngo was transported to South Georgia Medical Center and treated for facial injuries and a gunshot wound to the head. Ngo was later transported to a hospital in Florida and is currently listed in critical condition. Ngo’s exact location is not being released at this time due to the ongoing criminal investigation.
The assault is believed to have occurred outside in an area between two apartment buildings at 415 Northside Drive. One male person is currently in custody and being held at the Lowndes County Jail in connection with the assault of Ngo. Charges will include aggravated assault, armed robbery, and possible additional charges. It is believed that the victim and the suspected offender were acquainted with each other. At this time, police do not rule out the possibility of additional suspects in the incident
On March 27, 2011 at approximately 0200 a.m., a Valdosta Police Officer was patrolling the area of 807 South Fry Street when he heard what sounded like a gunshot. As the officer was searching the area, he was flagged down by persons in a vehicle. The victim was located inside the vehicle, and the victim had sustained a gunshot wound to the head. The victim is a 22 year old male, Valdosta resident. At this time detectives believe the victim was shot while inside the vehicle. No other persons reported being injured. Lowndes County Emergency Medical Services responded and the victim was transported to South Georgia Medical Center. He was later transported to an undisclosed hospital in Florida. His condition is reported as stable.