Antoni "Snapper" Tippins (Source: Valdosta Police)
Murder victim, Jarid Little
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -
Valdosta Police are still looking for 31-year-old Antoni 'Snapper' Tippins for gunning down 24-year-old Jarid Little outside Gordon Food Mart. He is now likely hiding out in south Georgia or north Florida.
Police now say they want him for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon for firing a weapon at an occupied vehicle under the overpass on July 30, 2013.
Tippins is currently wanted for murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is to be considered armed and dangerous. Do not approach him, confront him, or aid him in his attempt to elude law enforcement. If you have any information regarding Tippins whereabouts, contact your local law enforcement authorities.
The Valdosta Police Department will take all measures to criminally charge anyone hiding or aiding Tippins. The department also takes a strong stance on retaliation and will criminally charge anyone who attempts any retaliatory acts for these crimes related to Tippins.
"We saw that a car had come off the street, came in, starting shooting. And we saw that the guys body was right about here because you can still see some of the blood," described Setu Patel who witnessed the shooting.
Patel was working at Gordon Food Mart when a SUV pulled up and a man got out and starting shooting at the car Little was in.
"As I'm trying to call 911 they took the body and just drove off to the hospital. And the shooter had already driven off before that," said Patel.
Shortly after police identified Antoni Tippins known as "Snapper" as the shooter.
"He is extremely dangerous. He has a gang affiliation, he is a known gang member. We are currently looking for him," said Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress.
With just one bullet hole damaging Patel's family's store, he says he's thankful his family is okay. "My aunt was just about to leave the store when we stopped her for something, or she would have been in direct line of the shots. So she was saved."
Chief Childress says he has one message he's wants people to know. "We will not in any fashion or form tolerate any retaliation. If we get wind or find out that anyone retaliates, those people will go to prison."
Police are working to find to out if this shooting is related to the other two shootings Tuesday night in Valdosta.
Police say they don't know the motive for Little's shooting. But Little's aunt told us it stemmed from an argument between two groups at a local club last weekend. She says her nephew was not there that night and unfortunately was just caught in the crossfire Tuesday night.
Valdosta Police say they believe that 24-year-old Jarid Little was killed by 31 year old Antoni "Snapper" Tippins, on West Gordon St., Tuesday evening.
Little was shot and killed while standing outside of the Gordon Food Mart. He was transported to South Georgia Medical Center where he died.
Police say they don't know why Little was shot, but they say they do have witness who reported seeing a dark colored SUV pull into the parking lot.
They say a man got out of the passenger side of the vehicle and fired a handgun at Little who was struck by the bullet, and the SUV took off.
The Valdosta Police Department issued this news release-
A murder warrant has been issued for Antoni Jevon Tippins, a.k.a. "Snapper", 31 year old African American male, Valdosta resident for this homicide. At this time, a motive has not been established.
Detectives and Crime Laboratory personnel are still investigating this homicide. Tippins has not been apprehended. If you see him or know his whereabouts, do not approach him or contact him.
Tippins is considered armed and dangerous, therefore; contact your local law enforcement authorities immediately if you have any knowledge of the whereabouts of Tippins. At this time, the possibility of this case being related to the aggravated assaults on West Martin Luther King Drive and East Jane Street is being investigated but not confirmed.