VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Around two dozen curious citizens cheered and applauded as law enforcement officers brought 22 year-old Deshay March out of the apartment he barricaded himself in on Ponderosa Dr. after being shot during a shootout earlier in the morning.
"Somehow, he either contacted his family members or his family members were aware that he was injured and inside this apartment and did not want to come out. They contacted police, they did the right thing," said Valdosta Police Department Cpt. Bobbi McGraw.
A woman and two young children were also in the apartment, but were not hurt. Wednesday afternoon, charges were pending against the woman, 24 year-old Amber Jackson, for obstruction and possession of a sawed off shotgun.
The shooting occurred at 8:58 a.m. at the Citgo gas station at 1707 North Forrest Street. Cpt. McGraw said March was driving his silver Chevy Impala and was leaving after getting gas when 33 year-old Christopher Tooley pulled up and started shooting at March's car.
"The vehicle that was involved took off. It headed Eastbound on Ricardo," Cpt. McGraw explained. A man and a woman were also in the car with Tooley. The woman jumped out after the shooting and went into the store to get help, but the man took off with Tooley.
A 15 year-old female was in the passenger seat of March's Impala at the time of the shooting. VPD would not release her name Wednesday afternoon, but she was shot in the jaw and taken to SGMC with non-life threatening injuries.
Doris Washington came to the scene after hearing car tires squealing outside her home."I'm like, 'gosh, it seems like they must be runnin' from the cops'. And as soon as I say that, I heard all the sirens," Washington recalled.
Nearby W.G. Nunn Elementary and J.L. Newbern Middle School were put on lock down for about an hour after the shooting as a precaution and Valdosta High School was put on alert, though it was never officially put on lock down.
Both March and the 15 year -old remained at SGMC Wednesday afternoon. March was also expected to face charges, as police said he shot back at Tooley. He was expected to face three counts of aggravated assault, possession of as firearm during the commission of a felony, tampering with evidence, and felony possession of marijuana.
Tooley was considered armed and dangerous as of Wednesday afternoon. Call 911 if you know where he is.