Woman killed, 2 injured in Ashburn motel shooting

Published: Jun. 17, 2013 at 8:00 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2013 at 7:57 AM EDT
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(Source: Turner Co. jail)
(Source: Turner Co. jail)

ASHBURN, GA (WALB) - A man is in custody hours after a deadly shooting in Ashburn. Police say around 11 o'clock Sunday night he shot three people in a room at the Ashburn Inn on North Street.

Ashburn police say that Marilyn Patterson, 41, died at the scene. The two wounded victims were taken to the hospital.

Monday afternoon, Ashburn Police Chief Joe Saxon said in a release that one victim remains in guarded but stable condition recovering from her life threatening wounds. The second victim was treated and released just hours after being shot.

Joshua McKelvin is in custody in connection with the shootings.

GBI agents spent most of the day processing this crime scene at the Ashburn Inn. "It was very shocking. Very shocking," said the Victim's half-brother, Levenious Robinson.

Robinson was just a few blocks away eating breakfast at a Waffle House when he received a call about his half-sister.

"They told me Marilyn had just been shot. So I got in my truck and drove to the crime scene."

When he got there, Marilyn Patterson was dead in a motel room. Police say her boyfriend, Joshua McKelvin, shot her to death. The two argued and investigators say McKelvin shot Patterson then opened fire group of people in the parking lot. One person was hit in the leg Another seriously wounded.

"I just couldn't believe it I just wanted to know if it was real," Robinson said.

Robinson say McKelvin had dated the mother of three for a few months. "That's the main question - Why? Why did he do it? Why did it happen?"

And why did he then target innocent bystanders? It's questions McKelvin will soon have to answer

GBI agents are assisting Ashburn Police with the investigation which is expected to last throughout the overnight hours.

Ashburn PD said that Turner County Sheriff Andy Hester, his deputies, and the Dooly County sheriff's office assisted in the case. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is also involved at the crime scene.

The Ashburn Police Department issued this news release-

The Ashburn Police Department is currently working a triple shooting that occurred late Sunday evening, which resulted in the death of one woman. Ashburn Police responded last night to a shooting which took place at the Ashburn Inn 1971 North Street Ashburn Georgia.  Officers upon arrival discovered a multiple gunshot victims, one of them deceased. The deceased has been identified as Marilyn Patterson age 41.

Another victim suffered a through and through gunshot wound to the leg and has been treated and released from the hospital.  The third victim underwent emergency surgery and is listed in stable condition at this time. The suspect that remains in custody this morning, identity has been confirmed as Joshua McKelvin.

Statements at the scene indicate that an argument ensued between the deceased and the gunman. The deceased was believed to have been shot in the room with the suspect then exiting the hotel firing randomly into the crowd striking the other two shooting victims.

Investigators have remained on scene during the night, and the case remains under investigation. Any new developments will be released in a 5 pm briefing packet today.

The Ashburn Police Department wants to thank Sheriff Andy Hester and the Turner County Sheriffs Office along with Sheriff Van Peavy and the Dooly County Sheriffs Office for their invaluable assistance. Special Agent in Charge Rodney Wall and The Georgia Bureau of Investigation for their assistance at the crime scene.

Joe Saxon, Chief

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