Valdosta police investigate murder of 17-year-old boy

Valdosta police investigate murder of 17-year-old boy


Valdosta police were investigating Sunday a murder that happened overnight.

According to a release from the police department Sunday morning, 17 year-old Solomon Lee was shot multiple times around 1:23 a.m. in the 600 block of S. Oak St. Police responded and found Lee lying in the street at the intersection of S. Oak St. and Kinchen Ln.

Lee was taken to South Georgia Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. A Valdosta City Schools official confirmed early Sunday afternoon that Lee was a student at Valdosta High School.

Police arrested 16 year-old Kevin D. Johnson around 7 a.m. Sunday at a relative's home near the shooting location and charged him with felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and possession of a firearm by a person under 18. As of 11 a.m. Sunday, Johnson was being interviewed at the Valdosta Police Department and had not officially been booked into jail.

Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress said Sunday that the shooting stemmed from an argument at the Southside Recreation Center prior to the shooting. Chief Childress said there were multiple arguments between multiple people at the recreation center and said that investigators did have a possible motive for the shooting, but he would not specify what that motive was.

Childress added that this was an ongoing investigation and more charges could follow.

Copyright 2015 WALB. All rights reserved.