Valdosta residents shocked at recent multiple shootings

Valdosta Home Shot

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Two shootings recently happened in Valdosta — leaving people who just moved to the area in shock.

“Yes, I’m terrified," said Lee Hiers, a resident. “Why would want to stay here? I mean like, I moved here to better myself, not to die. I’m too young to die. I’m too young to die. Jesus, man. Like I have to laugh because that night, I wasn’t laughing at all."

Hiers just moved to a neighborhood in Valdosta where police are investigating a shooting that left one home riddled with bullets.

“We were scared that bullets have no name and they hit innocent bystanders. We don’t know what’s going on. We don’t even know anybody. We’re still using the GPS to get around. That bullet is going to find you whether you’re on the map or not," Hiers said.

The shooting took place Sunday night, near the 1200 block of McArthur Drive.

Hiers and her partner said they lost track of how many shots they heard.

“It sounded like the fourth of July like when it wasn’t the Fourth of July," Heirs said. “Like that’s exactly how it sounded. The end of like a pep rally or something like that. When it just goes off — the big cannon goes off like ‘pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow.’ It was repetitious like crazy.”

“Like the first couple of them, I was like, ‘one, two, three, four. oh shoot, they’re not stopping,’" said Lyla Ramos, Heirs' partner. “So, we had went to the back of the house because it really sounds like it was about to come—it’s almost like we could fee the vibrations, it was so close.”

Police reports show that this shooting happened around 10 p.m. and there was another a block over, a couple hours later.

Heirs and her partner said they just moved to the neighborhood, so they were shocked.

“And we dropped, and I was like ‘whoa, is that gunshots? Is that gunshots?’" Heirs said. “So, when we dropped to the ground, I was like ‘yo, get down. Get down. Get down.’ I was like cut off the lights and everything because we had the lights on a little bit because I’m kind of scared of the dark.”

And now they’re scared that their move to Valdosta was in vain.

“We kind of moved from like a bad neighborhood where we don’t even hear it like that crazy. You feel me? For us to hear it like over and over is just like we couldn’t sleep the rest of the night," Hiers said.

Valdosta law enforcement have not identified any suspects in the shootings or if the shootings are related.

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