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1 arrested after shooting in Cordele

The Cordele Police Department is investigating a Wednesday afternoon shooting. (Source: WALB) The Cordele Police Department is investigating a Wednesday afternoon shooting. (Source: WALB)
Cordele Police Chief Rob Rodriguez (Source: WALB) Cordele Police Chief Rob Rodriguez (Source: WALB)
CORDELE, GA (WALB) -

A man is in custody after an afternoon shooting in Cordele.

The call came in around 2 p.m. for a possible shooting at the intersection of Joe Wright Drive and 24th Avenue.

Cordele police say Dequwan Richards, 22, had an argument with a man and began shooting towards Joe's Meat Market.

During the shooting, a different man was hit by a stray bullet. He was taken to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Richards was found in Montezuma about two hours later and was arrested without incident.

"I know there's a perception that nobody wants to get involved and they don't want any retaliation. But when they do stand up and say, 'Enough's enough, we're going to take going to take our community back. You're not going to come here and do these kind of things,' We immediately are able to do things that we weren't able to do because that gave us vital evidence so that we could make this arrest," said Cordele Police Chief Rob Rodriguez.

This is a senseless act of violence, regardless of what the circumstances of the verbal confrontation were; Mr. Richards did not need to resort to shooting at anyone. This case may not have been solved as quickly as it was if not for the assistance of our citizens. Even though this incident was preventable, this is a great example of what can happen when members of our community decide to speak up. By speaking up, we were able to gather the information needed to arrested Mr. Richards and prevent another senseless act of violence from happening. - Rodriguez.

Richards is facing aggravated assault and other charges are pending further investigation.

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