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Two victims shot in separate Valdosta shootings

By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Valdosta police investigated two seperate shootings that occurred just minutes after Sunday morning's murder.

Just before 2:00 AM on Sunday, several men were arguing outside a nightclub called 'The House' on South Patterson Street.

Gunshots were fired, and Mattie Sims from Valdosta was struck.

Thirty minutes later, shots were fired in the parking lot of Andy's Wings and Things on Lake Park Road.

An innocent by-stander, 24-year-old Anthony Tong, was struck.  Police say large holiday gatherings likely played a role.

"If there's just one or two persons, that would be kind of odd, but when you have a large crowd, and there is gunfire--reckless disregard for life takes place--then this is likely to happen if they shoot into the area of the crowd," says Lt. Bobbi McGraw. 

Both shooting victims were treated at South Georgia Medical Center and released.  Police do not believe the three shootings are related.  They haven't made any arrests.

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