Victim identified, suspect arrested after fatal Valdosta shooting

Victim identified, suspect arrested after fatal Valdosta shooting

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The Valdosta Police Department has made an arrest in the fatal Tuesday morning shooting.

Jean Claude Doricien, 31, was arrested after he was seen running from the scene by Valdosta City Cameras. Detectives caught up with him near the intersection of East Moore and North Forrest Streets.

After being questioned, Doricien was taken in to custody and charged with felony murder. He was transported to the Lowndes County Jail and more charges could be pending.

Police have identified the victim as Tovara Flowers, 39, who was shot multiple times after 10 a.m.

Lowndes County EMS was the first to arrive and first responders attempted CPR.

Flowers was transported to South Georgia Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

VPD Lt. Adam Bembry said it appears to be an isolated incident and VPD is not looking for any other suspects.

"Chief Childress commented on how proud he was of the great work by all responding officers and detectives who had the offender in custody in less than two hours. Additionally, he advised how grateful he was to our city leaders for continuing to support the use and expansion of the city wide camera system that proved invaluable in this case," said Lieutenant Adam Bembry.

"It has gone way to far now... way to far," said Carla Wade.

Wade and her family grew up in the Ora Lee West Housing Authority complex.

Now community members are questioning their safety.

"Death is just all around me and I really don't feel that safe anymore," said Lena Reynolds.

Reynolds has lived in the neighborhood since 1999.

She said this is not the first or the second life taken in the Ora Lee West community.

Reynolds believes it is time to move on.

"Right now I'm just feeling like I need to move away from this area," said Reynolds.

Reynolds and Wade both stated that the community needs to be more united.

They agree that someone has to take a stand against these acts in order for a change to come.

"I recommend that we stop killing each other and come together, do something more constructive," said Wade.

As a life is now lost, people within Ora Lee West are now trying to re-establish the feeling of safety.

Not only for themselves, but for their entire community.

"We know how we come in this world, but we don't ever know how we're going to leave it... he didn't know that was going to happen to him," said Wade.

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