Valdosta shooting leaves one critically injured

Valdosta CITGO Shooting follow up

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - One man is in the hospital fighting for his life after being shot at a gas station in Valdosta.

One woman says the traumatic events left her in a constant state of fear.

“I’m still scared right now. You never know if they have a gun or something," said Gas Station Worker, Sarika Patel.

Patel’s family owns this gas station near the corner of Northside Drive and Forrest Street.

One man is in the hospital fighting for his life after being shot at a gas station.
One man is in the hospital fighting for his life after being shot at a gas station.

She says there were people outside the night of the incident but she didn’t think much of it.

“They were talking, and they looked like cool friends, so we did not pay attention to them," said Patel.

Store workers say things were business as usual last night when they heard chaos outside of their store.

“We heard gunshots like “pow, pow” four times. That’s all we hear, and I was like really scared. I was back in the room," said Patel.

Patel says that the people inside the store scattered, hiding anywhere they could find.

A few even knocked her down in the process.

“A lot of people went in the beer cave. My uncle was cleaning here. He grabbed the mop and tried to go in the bathroom. Then three people were in the bathroom. I remember it was too little boys and two ladies came in the back there—tried to push me. Tried to find a safe place," said Patel.

The Valdosta Police Department confirmed that several people were fighting outside the store, when a man pulled out a gun and shot several times.

She says moving forward, you never know if someone is coming after her.

“I’m still scared right now. You never know if they have a gun or something. I feel like really scared now. I cannot trust nobody in the store now," said Patel.

Marquis Walker
Marquis Walker (Source: Lowndes Co. Sheriff)

Marquis Walker, 24, is behind bars facing charges of felony aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Nonetheless, Patel says she is still scared.

“I feel more scared and I told my dad I’m not going to stay here by myself anymore. It’s really scary," said Patel.

The family that owns the gas station says that they are looking to implement some new and updated security measures to ensure their safety.

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