Valdosta shooting suspect taken into custody

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By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 8, 2019

Marquis Walker

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- One Valdosta man is in custody after a Thursday night shooting.

Marquis Walker, 24, of Valdosta, faces charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

The victim, not yet identified by police, was taken to South Georgia Medical Center and is in critical condition.

It happened at the Khushi Food Mart on the corner of Northside Drive and Forrest Street. Store owners said they thought people were just outside talking loudly, until they heart gun shots.

"He just heard something bad happening, we just heard gun shots like pop pop, four times," said Sarika Patel. Patel's family own the food mart. She said the store was full of customers at the time of the shooting, and everyone started running, scared and looking for safety.

"Right now I'm still thinking, and last night I could not go to sleep either, hearing that happen, it was a scary moment," Patel said. "I told my dad I'm not going to stay by myself here no more, it's really scary after this happened. You never know if somebody comes to shoot me, too. I'm really scared."

Patel said nothing like this has ever happened in the area. It's a feeling shared by many of the homeowners in the community.

Martavius Gray lives nearby, and said it's always a pretty quiet area.

"It was shocking because I'd never expect this violence going on in the neighborhood like that. It was kind of real shocking in this neighborhood," Gray said. "We're going to be more careful in the area and everything, because that's like the most shocking thing, and I live this neighborhood."

Police are still looking for another suspect. Dillion Hunter, 26, is wanted for false statement felony. Authorities believe he gave false information at the scene.

This is still an active investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Valdosta police.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
February 8, 2019

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) – The Valdosta Police Department says a suspect has been arrested in connection to a Thursday night shooting.

VPD says arrest warrants were obtained for 24-year-old Marquis Walker, of Valdosta, for felony aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Walker was taken into custody early Friday morning.

The shooting happened in the 1500 block of Northside Drive around 10:20 p.m. Thursday.

The shooting victim was rushed to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso. He remains in critical condition. Authorities are not releasing his name.

VPD says they are now looking for a witness, who is related to the victim, who's accused of providing a fake name and date of birth to police during the investigation. The witness, 26-year-old Dillion Hunter, is wanted on charges of making a false statement and giving a false name.

Anyone with information or details pertaining to the case is asked to call the Valdosta Police Department at 229-242-2606.


By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 8, 2019

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) – A man was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after being shot during a fight on Northside Drive.

Just before 10:30 p.m. Thursday, officers with the Valdosta Police Department responded to the 1500 block of Northside Drive for reports of a shooting.

When officers arrived, they discovered a physical fight had taken place between several people. After the altercation ended, the suspect reportedly pulled out a firearm and shot the victim multiple times.

The victim was taken to a local hospital by a family member, where police say he is being treated for gunshot wounds to the torso. He is listed in critical condition.

The police department says detectives investigated multiple incident locations and identified the suspect. He was taken into custody on charges of aggravated assault and was transported to the Lowndes County Jail.

VPD is not releasing the suspect's name at this time as it is an ongoing investigation. Additional charges are pending.

“At this time we do not know what precipitated the physical altercation, which resulted in the shooting. This is a tragic event and multiple lives have been affected by a needless act,” said Interim Chief Leslie Manahan.


Dillion Hunter