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3 fatal shootings in 10 days in Valdosta

The Valdosta Police Department and Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office are on the scene of a shooting on Forrest Street.
The Valdosta Police Department and Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office are on the scene of a shooting on Forrest Street.(WCTV)
Published: Sep. 8, 2020 at 10:32 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 9, 2020 at 8:31 AM EDT
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VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) - A Valdosta man was shot and killed in a corner store parking lot at East Force and North Forrest streets around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Valdosta Police Department responded to S&M Food Mart after receiving the 911 call.

28-year-old Jarvez Miller was found with apparent gunshot wounds to his body. He was taken to South Georgia Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities say they’re treating Miller’s death as a homicide. Detectives with VPD and Crime Scene Personnel from the Valdosta Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory are investigating.

Miller’s murder marks the third fatal parking lot shooting VPD has responded to in less than two weeks.

Johnnie Malachi, 19, was shot dead outside of Vibez Nightclub on Bemiss Road around 2 a.m. August 30.

Lawrence Franklin, 21, was shot and killed outside of Andy’s It’s All Good BBQ on West Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive around 3:30 a.m. Monday.

All three investigations are ongoing, and all suspects involved are at large.

“At this time, we do not have any evidence or information that our three homicides that have occurred in the past two weeks are related,” Chief Leslie Manahan said.

Anyone with information is urged to call the VPD Bureau of Investigations at 229-293-3145.

You can also submit your tip anonymously at 229-293-3091.

This is a developing story.

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