VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Investigators with the Valdosta Police Department were trying to figure out Friday morning exactly what happened at the Park Chase apartment complex overnight when 30 year-old Quinton King, 33 year-old Cecila Simmons, and 20 year-old Travis Roberts were shot.
"According to witnesses and people on the scene, Mr. Roberts pulled out a weapon and started firing," said Valdosta Police Department Lt. Aaron Kirk. "At that point, one of the victims he shot pulled out a weapon and started firing back and actually struck Mr. Roberts."
Clanthy Jackson, Travis's step father, said he ran to his step son's aid as soon as he heard the gunshots. "I ran over there. That's when I panicked. That's when all that happened. I started cryin' and stuff," Jackson recalled.
Jackson said King and Simmons were arguing with Travis about Travis's loud music. As of Friday afternoon, investigators believed Travis fired first, hitting King multiple times and hitting Simmons once in the leg. Investigators believed King then fired back in self defense, hitting Travis.
But, Jackson said it was the other way around and his step son was the one firing in self defense. "It was self defense on his behalf, yeah" Jackson emphasized. "But on the other people, nah. They the ones that shot first."
All three were taken to the ER at South Georgia Medical Center. King was treated and then transferred to University of Florida-Shands Hospital in Gainesville. Lt. Kirk said that as of Friday morning his injuries were not believed to be life threatening.
WALB contacted UF-Shands Hospital for an updated condition around 1:30 p.m. Friday, but was told that there was no patient by the name of Quinton King at the hospital at the time.
Simmons was treated and released from SGMC. Travis was listed in critical condition at SGMC as of 9:30 a.m. Friday.
The case was still under investigation Friday afternoon, but as of Friday afternoon Roberts was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
He was expected to be taken to the Lowndes County Jail upon his release from the hospital.