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Valdosta, GA neighbors react to ambush officer shooting

Residents in the apartment complex witness the moments of the incident (Source: WALB) Residents in the apartment complex witness the moments of the incident (Source: WALB)
Many residents were on edge after hearing gunshots and noticing the heavy police presence (Source: WALB) Many residents were on edge after hearing gunshots and noticing the heavy police presence (Source: WALB)
Officials say the 911 caller was the one who opened fire when officers arrived (Source: WALB) Officials say the 911 caller was the one who opened fire when officers arrived (Source: WALB)
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

A Valdosta Police officer remains in the hospital after he was shot, apparently targeted by a man who called 911 to report a supposed vehicle break-in.

"I heard several gun shots going off and it sounded like firecrackers going off," said resident Carrie Howard.

They were in fact gun shots coming from a shooting involving a man and a Valdosta Police Officer.

Howard said she was eager to find out what was going on just feet away from her front door.

"So I thought I'd be a little nosy and walk out the door and stand on the edge but then I realized someone had been shot," said Howard.

Howard shot a cell phone video, just moments after she heard the shooting.

Officers can be seen running by in their vests, and then someone being loaded into an ambulance.

"I came out here and stood and watched everything that was going on and I just kept seeing tons and tons of police cars," said Howard.

The shooting was a scary experience that neighbors said was uncommon.

"I've never encountered any problem while I've been out here and I know my daughter hasn't either," said Howard.

Residents living at Three Oaks Apartments were frightened after hearing gun shots and later seeing a heavy law enforcement presence outside of their windows.

"I realized it was something pretty major with everybody coming out here. I mean that was kinda scary just being right here this close to it and really not knowing what was going on if there was someone out there running around," said apartment resident Carrie Howard.

Neighbors in the apartment complex had two questions: "Why did the shooting happen?" and "Did the shooter live in the complex?" 

The GBI is still investigating the incident, but said that residents should not be worried about their safety.

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