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Valdosta Police search for two gunmen

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Robbery victim's SUV sits in parking lot. Robbery victim's SUV sits in parking lot.
Trent McDaniel, owner of Valdosta Printing Services Trent McDaniel, owner of Valdosta Printing Services
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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Valdosta Police are looking for two gunmen who shot two men in unrelated incidents over the weekend.

One man was killed during a robbery. The other victim is recovering. He says he was shot while walking down a street, but police say he's not being honest.

62-year-old Kanwaljit Spai's SUV still sits in the parking lot of Ashley Beauty Supply. Police say around 10:00 p.m. Friday night Spai was closing up the store when he was shot to death during a robbery.

"We believe that there was something that happened specifically with this business that made the business a specific target of this robbery," said Valdosta Police Chief, Brian Childress.

Chief Childress says they are reviewing surveillance footage and are working on several leads. The manager of the store, who did not want to go on camera, says the owners are closing the shop down because they're too scared to go back to work.

Trent McDaniel owns Valdosta Printing Services next door, he says Spai always kept to himself. "He seemed liked a good ole fella. Real quiet type of person, didn't say much."

As investigators search for Friday night's robber they're also working a bizarre shooting that happened Saturday.

Matthew Thomas says he was walking down Webster Street Saturday afternoon when a vehicle pulled up and a man shot him.

The 18-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and is expected to be okay. But police say they're not buying his story.

"There are several discrepancies that we've identified in the victims story, and quite frankly we don't believe him," said Childress.

Childress says Thomas is not cooperating with investigators and he could face criminal charges himself. "If he lied to us, he will be charged, period."

Thomas is still recovering at South Georgia Medical Center. As for the robbery victim, his wife and family who live in Tallahassee are making funeral arrangements.

If you have any information on either shooting, Valdosta Police ask you to call them at 229-293-3145.

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