Suspected shooter, 1 victim identified in deadly Moultrie shootings

The two other victims were related to suspected shooter
Two of the victims, which are currently unnamed by authorities, were related to the suspected shooter.
Published: May. 4, 2023 at 11:31 AM EDT|Updated: May. 4, 2023 at 11:20 PM EDT
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MOULTRIE, Ga. (WALB) - Four people, including the suspected shooter, are dead following three shooting incidents in Moultrie, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).

The identities of the suspected shooter and one of the victims have been released.

The GBI said the suspected shooter was Kentavious White, 26, of Moultrie. One of the victims, an assistant manager of a McDonald’s where one of the shooting incidents happened, was identified as Amia Smith, 41.

Photo of Moultrie shooting victim Amia Smith.
Photo of Moultrie shooting victim Amia Smith.(Source: Felicia McGough)

Moultrie police requested the GBI’s help Thursday morning just before 6 a.m. after a man and woman were found dead at a McDonald’s in the 500 block of First Avenue SE.

After taking a look at the security footage, the GBI said White arrived at the restaurant and called for Smith to come to the door. Smith was then killed by White’s gunshot, the GBI said. White is then seen walking into the restaurant and then shooting himself, according to a release.

While GBI agents were en route to the scene at McDonald’s, Moultrie police were responding to another shooting. The suspected shooter’s mother, 50, was found with a gunshot wound, but still alive in the 1100 block of 6th Street SW, per a GBI release. Officials confirmed she was taken to a hospital but later died from her injuries.

Police then responded to a third report of a shooting at the house next door on 6th Street SW. The suspected shooter’s grandmother, 74, was found dead, officials confirmed.

Sadness is overflowing through the streets of Moultrie.

One woman WALB News 10 spoke with lives across the street from the 6th Street SW shooting when the incident happened. She said she heard about six to seven shots being fired around 12 a.m. on Thursday but didn’t see anything when she checked outside.

Tanner Strickland, a Moultrie resident, said what happened doesn’t seem real.

“It’s heartbreaking. Let the family be in your thoughts and prayers and the community of Moultrie,” Strickland said.

The names of the mother and grandmother of the alleged shooter have yet to be released.

The bodies of the deceased have been sent to the GBI’s Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsies.