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Who killed Robert Pett?


Valdosta Police are looking for a gunman who shot and killed a man over the weekend.

The victim was found dead behind an abandoned home.

Neighbor Tommy Bonner says he heard three gunshots go off Saturday night. Police were called to Walnut Street around 9:30 p.m. and found 22-year-old Robert Pett shot to death behind an abandoned home.

"Since I've been here for four years, nothing like that has gone on," said Bonner.

Neighbors are still shaken up on this quiet street as police look for the gunman. Officials say the victim didn't live in this neighborhood and they don't know what he was doing here.

"A neighbor heard some noises outside, thought there was a possible prowler in the area. So when officers got there they were just checking the area. Not sure if that had anything to do with the actual homicide or not, but they did find him after they responded to the area," said Lt. Aaron Kirk, VPD.

Right now police are looking for a person of interest, but have made no arrests. Bonner says he's worried knowing the shooter is still at large.

"Nothing like that to happens around here, you've never heard gunshots or anybody getting hurt around here," said Bonner.

Police are hoping to have more questions answered once they find this person of interest.

"We don't know if they had anything to do with it, but they want to talk to them," said Kirk.

The victim's body was taken to the GBI crime lab today for an autopsy.

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

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Valdosta Police say that 22 year old Robert Pett's body was found at 9:30 Saturday night.

VPD responded to an abandoned house located in the 200 block of Walnut Street, Valdosta, Georgia for a possible prowler in the area, and discovered the body. They called in specialists from the Crime Lab to gather evidence.

They have not disclosed the manner of Pett's death, and an autopsy is set for Monday.

Here is a news release from VPD-

Police arrived on scene and located Robert Pett, 22 year old Caucasian male, who was deceased. Pett was located at the rear of the house. Police sealed off the area and began to investigate the incident.

Valdosta Police Department detectives and criminalist from the Valdosta Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory gathered evidence and information from the location. Details regarding injuries to Pett are not being discussed at this time due to the ongoing nature of the investigation. Detectives have developed a person of interest and are following up on leads at this time.

An autopsy by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations is scheduled for today to determine cause of death. Anyone having any information regarding this case is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department at 229-293-3135 or may remain anonymous by calling the Crime Tip Line at 229-293-3091.


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