VPD makes arrests after drive-by shooting

VPD makes arrests after drive-by shooting
A police evidence marker was still stuck to the outside of the kitchen window Monday, marking the spot where a bullet hit the apartment
A police evidence marker was still stuck to the outside of the kitchen window Monday, marking the spot where a bullet hit the apartment
Cameka Mayes
Cameka Mayes

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Monday, 35 year-old Cameka Mayes recalled what it was like Sunday night when she was in her apartment with her two young children and bullets came flying through.

"All of a sudden, I heard a 'bang' and I just slid on the floor," said Mayes.

Mayes was inside her apartment on Ponderosa Drive around 7 p.m. Sunday making food for her two children when a car drove by and started shooting in the direction of her apartment.

"My kids' food went everywhere. I crawled to the room to see was they okay. They was fine, so I was, like, 'thank God,'" said Mayes.

One bullet went into her kitchen and two bullets went into her bedroom and ricotched around. One even hit the door of the closet where her kids were hiding.

"They was in the closet on the floor. So, they heard the shootin' and they knew what to do," Mayes explained.

23 year-old Michael Baker, a cousin of Mayes' boyfriend, was standing out front of the apartment at the time and was grazed by a bullet in the torso. He was treated at SGMC Sunday night and then released.

Shortly after the shooting, 19 year-old Raekwon Glover, 22 year-old Demareay Doe, and 25 year-old Rashawn Mays were arrested at the intersection of Howell Road and Old Statenville Road in Lowndes County after leading Lowndes County sheriff's deputies on a short chase.

"The deputy turned his blue lights on, this vehicle turned their lights off and took off," said Valdosta Police department Captain Bobbi McGraw.

A citizen near the intersection of Howell road and Inner Perimeter had called 911 and reported the car driving recklessly minutes earlier. "[I] thank that citizen for lookin' out and doin' the right thing," said Mayes.

Captain McGraw said it was still unclear Monday afternoon who actually pulled the trigger, who was being targeted, or what the motive was. "We believe that there is some knowledge, some parties had knowledge of each other," McGraw said.

Mayes moved to the apartment two months ago and said she likes the area, but said the shooting definitely has her spooked and reconsidering the move.

Glover, Doe, and Mays, all remained in the Lowndes County Jail Monday afternoon. VPD planned to charge all three with five counts of aggravated assault, but as of Monday afternoon the warrants for the charges had not officially been signed. VPD was also planning on charging Glover with giving a false name and felony violation of probation.

Anyone having any information is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department Bureau of Investigations at 229-293-3145 or the Anonymous Crime Tip Line at 229-293-3091.

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