Update: Victim identified in Sunday morning Valdosta homicide

Police asking those at the nightclub who may have information to come forward

Update: Victim identified in Sunday morning Valdosta homicide
Fatal shooting (Source: WALB)

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) - The Valdosta Police Department (VPD) is investigating a shooting that left one man dead Sunday around 3 a.m.

Police said they responded to the parking lot of Vibez Nightclub on Bemiss Road after receiving 911 calls for a shooting.

When officers arrived on the scene, they said they found Johnnie Malachi, 19, with a gunshot wound.

He was taken to South Georgia Medical Center where he died from injuries.

Police said at the time of the shooting, there were approximately 75-80 people in the parking lot.

Officers said most of those people left the scene as they arrived and tried to help to the victim. The police department is seeking assistance from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or may have recorded the incident on their cell phones.

“This is an extremely tragic situation and our thoughts go out to Mr. Malachi’s family,” said Leslie Manahan, the Valdosta police chief. “We know that there were witnesses to this incident and we are encouraging them to come forward, so we can hold the offender accountable and provide the victim’s family answers.”

If you have any information regarding the shooting, you’re urged to call VPD’s Bureau of Investigations at (229) 293-3145 or the tip line at (229) 293-3091.

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