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Valdosta Police Investigate Wednesday Morning Shooting

Valdosta Police Investigate Wednesday Morning Shooting
Posted at 11:01 AM, Mar 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-12 09:37:37-04

VALDOSTA, GA (WTXL) -- Police in Valdosta are investigating a shooting that happened Wednesday morning.

Around 9:30 a.m. a witness heard gunshots just outside of the Food Way convenience store on Forrest Street and said he called 911.

According to the witness, two women ran inside the store after the shooting and both had blood on them.

WG Nunn Elementary and JL Newbern Middle were both on lock down for about two hours, said school officials. The lock down was lifted around 11:45 p.m. when school officials said they were notified that the suspect had been captured.

News Release from Valdosta Police

On 3/11/15 at approximately 0900, a shooting occurred outside a convenience store located at the corner of North Forrest Street and Ricardo Drive. A 15 year female passenger and a male driver by the name of Dashay March, 22 years old occupying a gray vehicle got into a confrontation with the occupants of a white vehicle. The white vehicle contained a male by the name of Christopher Tooley, 33 year old male, and another male and female whose names are not yet being released. Shots were fired from both vehicles.

The 15 year old passenger was stuck in the cheek. Deshay March sustained a gunshot wound to the shoulder area. At this time it is not known if occupants of the gray vehicle were injured by gunfire. March, Tooley, and the other male occupant of the gray vehicle fled the area. A short time later, it was reported that an injured male had barricaded himself inside an apartment located in the 1300 block of Ponderosa Drive. The Valdosta Police Department Tactical Team and the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department Special Response Team both responded to the area. The situation ended peacefully when March exited the apartment. March was taken to the hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound that he had suffered during the original altercation at the convenience store. No one in the apartment was injured. Amber Jackson, 24 year old female resident of the apartment where March was hiding has charges pending for Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer and Possession of a Sawed Off Shotgun. March has charges pending for Aggravated Assault x 3, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Tampering with Evidence, and Felony Possession of Marijuana.

Christopher Tooley is wanted on unrelated charges and also has pending charges for Aggravated Assault x 2, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony. He has not been taken into custody and is considered armed and dangerous. If you know his whereabouts or have any information on him, contact 911 immediately. The vehicle that Tooley occupied was recovered in the 2100 block of North Troupe Street. At this time the other two persons that were in the vehicle with Tooley have not been charged.

The Valdosta Police Department, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department and Valdosta Lowndes Crime Laboratory worked together to bring a peaceful resolution to the incident. Chief Brian Childress stated “this incident could have been a lot worse if it had not been for the calm actions of officers and detectives from the police department and sheriff’s office. They showed great restraint in light of dealing with armed felons”.