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Man confirmed dead after shooting in Valdosta

Published: Sep. 8, 2020 at 4:59 PM CDT
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VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) - A 21-year-old man has been confirmed dead after he was shot outside a restaurant in Valdosta early Monday morning.

The Valdosta Police Department responded to Andy’s It’s All Good BBQ at 118 West Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive around 3:30 a.m. after it received 911 calls about a person being shot.

Restaurant owners say after they heard gunshots, the victim, Lawrence Franklin, ran into their building begging for help.

“There’s blood all over the floor and everything in there. We just cleaned it up,” owner Andrew Mcrea told WCTV.

He says they tried to help and called the ambulance.

When officers arrived on scene, they found Franklin with a gunshot wound in his torso. He was rushed to South Georgia Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

According to police, “there were numerous people present who left the area as police were arriving and rendering first aid to the victim.”

The shooter has not yet been identified, and the police department is asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or may have seen something to let them know by contacting the Georgia Bureau of Investigations at 229-293-3145 or the tip line at 229-293-3091.

Detectives are currently interviewing witnesses and processing the evidence collected on the scene.

Franklin’s body is being transported to the GBI’s Medical Examiner’s Office in Atlanta for an autopsy.

“This is a senseless and tragic loss of a young man’s life, and our thoughts go out to his family,” Chief Leslie Manahan said. “We know that there were witnesses to the incident and we hope that they will come forward to help us give Mr. Franklin’s family answers.”

This was the third shooting reported in Valdosta over the last two weeks.

The last incident occurred in the Vibez Nightclub parking lot around 2 a.m. on August 30. A 19-year-old man was shot and killed. Police are still searching for that suspect.

Chief Manahan tells WCTV they do not any information linking the two crimes at this time.

“It’s like war zone,” manager Andrique Mcrae said. “You would think everybody would be family in a city that’s so small. We should be showing love, but instead it just seems like so much hatred and envy and just negativity all around.”

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