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Valdosta Police provides update on fatal shooting on Slater Street

Incident occurred Friday, March 24
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Posted at 5:11 PM, Mar 24, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-31 18:07:00-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — UPDATE MARCH 31: The Valdosta Police Department announced Friday, March 31 that its investigation determined that one of the victims was accidentally shot, while the other individual had a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The firearm that was used in the incident was determined to belong to one of the victims.

VPD said the victims were life long friends who were visiting Valdosta.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the families who are grieving and processing this tragic event, as they have lost two young men who had promising futures ahead of them." Valdosta Police Department chief Leslie Manahan said in a statement provided by the police department.

Because of a request by the family, the police department did not identify the victims.

The Valdosta Police Department said Friday afternoon it is investigating a fatal shooting incident.

The police department said at 3:34 a.m. Friday, its officers responded to an apartment on the 1100 block of Slater Street to investigate a shooting incident.

VPD said when its officers arrived at the scene and entered the apartment, two 20-year-old men with apparent gunshot wounds were found dead.

The police department said its investigation led to the determination that the shooting was an isolated incident and the bodies of the victims will be transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.