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Valdosta Police: Unknown gunman shot 67-year-old man on motorized scooter

Posted at 11:25 AM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-19 11:25:01-05

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — A 67-year-old man is recovering after being shot multiple times by an unknown man in Valdosta.

The Valdosta Police Department says they shooting happened Wednesday around 11 a.m. They say they were called to the area of West Savannah Avenue and South Toombs Street for an individual who had been shot.

When they arrived, they found the victim, 67-year-old Tommy Willis with gunshot wounds to his torso. First aid was immediately given to Willis until EMS personnel arrived and transported him to South Georgia Medical Center.

Through investigation, detectives determined that Willis was riding along the sidewalk in a motorized scooter when an unknown man approached Willis.

During their conversation, police say the unknown man pulled out a handgun and shot Willis, before driving away in an unknown vehicle. VPD says Willis is still recovering at a hospital, but he is in stable condition and his injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.

Police believe the shooting is an isolated incident.

“There were a lot of conflicting stores that were on social media about this incident," said Chief Leslie Manahan. "Another local law enforcement agency was involved in a vehicle pursuit near this location, at the same time as our shooting incident. The vehicle pursuit was not related in any way with this shooting case."

The investigation is still on-going, and anyone having information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department Investigation Bureau at 229-293-3145.