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Three suspects arrested in connection to Valdosta shooting

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Posted at 11:18 AM, Jul 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-24 11:57:09-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) - Police arrested three men in connection with a shooting incident at an apartment complex that left holes in two cars but apparently caused no injuries to people.

The Valdosta Police Department arrested Jabarri Brown, 23, Travvon Rutledge, 20, and Leon Gooden, 22, after shots were exchanged at an apartment complex in the 1400 block of Baytree Drive.

Multiple 911 calls were made about the incident around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Witnesses said at least two men were shooting at each other in the parking lot, where police found shell casings.

None of the three men were found at the apartment complex.

After arriving at the apartment complex, police put out an order to be on the lookout for suspicious vehicles, including a dark-colored BMW.

Not long after, police got a 911 call from Brown and Rutledge and met them in the 400 block of E. Jane St.

Brown and Rutledge told officers stories that had inconsistencies, saying that their vehicle had been shot several times.

An investigation revealed that they had a gun that matched the caliber of shell casings found at the scene, officers said.

While officers were speaking with Brown and Rutledge, a Lowndes County sheriff's deputy found, near the interesection of Knights Academy road and Bemiss Road, a disabled dark-colored BMW that appeared to have been shot multiple times.

The BMW's driver, identified as Gooden, had a gun and spent shell casings in his vehicle that matched those at the apartment complex. His story also had inconsistencies, officers report.

Brown and Rutledge face felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

All three men told officers stories with inconsistencies and face charges of misdemeanor of obstruction of a law enforcement officer, according to a Valdosta Police Department news release.