18-year-old killed after fight at Valdosta party

18-year-old killed after fight at Valdosta party

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) - A Sunday homicide in Valdosta is under investigation, according to the Valdosta Police Department.

On Sunday, around 2:40 a.m., police responded to a home in the 3500 block of Lenox Drive when someone called 911 about a person being shot.

It happened at a home in the 3500 block of Lenox Drive.
It happened at a home in the 3500 block of Lenox Drive. (Source: WALB)

When officers arrived, they found Jeffery Franklin, 18, of Cook County, with a gunshot wound to his torso.

”This is a very tragic situation, our young man that is the victim, Mr. Franklin, just graduated from Cook County High School. Had his future ahead of him. Just for an unnecessary reason, his life was taken very quickly. Our hearts go out to the family and friends involved in this. It’s a tragedy and a horrible situation,” Leslie Manahan, Valdosta police chief, said.

According to the police report, good Samaritans and officers tried to give first aid until the ambulance arrived, but it was too late.

Police learned a small party was at the home when a fight broke out with several people who were not invited. During the fight, someone got a firearm, shot it and the victim was hit.

Police said there is someone in custody but they have not released their name because the incident is still under investigation. They were taken to Lowndes County Jail.

If uninvited guests show up to your home, Manahan has an important message on how to handle the situation.

“The biggest thing we can tell people, and we tell people all the time, if someone comes to your house and they are not invited and you don’t want them there, don’t take it upon your own hands. Call the police and let us come and escort people off your property. Not knowing if that would happen in this situation, but sometimes getting help from us helps situations be a little calmer,” she said.

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