UPDATE: Ashburn nightclub shooting victim identified

Published: Jul. 1, 2018 at 11:57 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 2, 2018 at 12:04 PM EDT
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ASHBURN, GA (WALB) - Ashburn Police have identified the woman that died after being injured in a shooting early Saturday morning.

The victim was identified as Za'quavia Smith from Crisp County. Police said all of the other victims have non-life threatening injuries.

The shooting happened at Studio 2.0, a nightclub on W. Washington Avenue, around 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

MORE: Witnesses speak out on Ashburn nightclub shooting

WALB spoke with a woman being credited with saving someone's life by using skills learned from National Guard training to stop a victim who was bleeding.

Just one week after coming back from Texas for National Guard training, Justice Lucas, 19, said she never thought in a million years she would be in this situation.

Instead of running for her life, she put her life on the line to save others.

"Me and my friend went to have fun, just to have a good time, but it turned into something completely opposite," said Lucas. "We just all ran and tried to get to cover and the gunshots just kept going like more and more starting popping off."

She and her friend said as people were running out, gunshots went off.

"I didn't expect it. We were having a good time. You shouldn't expect that at a party. I was very nervous, my heart throbbing," said Kalia Moore, nightclub victim.

Lucas went to the party with her best friend Kalia. Both said they instantly ran for their lives.

"As we were leaving, we see a guy laying in the middle of the road by himself. There was no car around him or anything," said Lucas.

She said she didn't know him, but did something most people wouldn't do.

"I asked them to stop the car and I just ran over to him without even thinking. And I seen that he was bleeding and he was in pain," said Lucas.

Lucas said she applied pressure to stop the man's bleeding, something she learned while in National Guard training.

"If you could help someone, why would you just leave them there? And I just could not just ride by someone laying in the middle of the road in pain. I just couldn't leave him," said Lucas.

Lucas' loved ones said they believe because of her heroic efforts, that person remains alive.

"Y'all call her a hero, but that's my best friend," said Moore.

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According to police, seven people were initially sent to the hospital. Two were airlifted to the hospital in Macon and EMS took five to Tift Regional Medical Center.

J.T. Ricketson, Special Agent in Charge with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, confirmed Sunday that the victims ranged in age from 17 to 25.

Police said the victims' parents asked for their names not to be released.

We do not know the conditions of the other six people hurt at this time.

Officials confirmed Sunday they are still working to find out if the shooting happened inside or outside the nightclub.

It has been confirmed that the shooting was gang-related.

Ricketson said a 'County versus County' flier advertising the event was passed around to people in Tift, Worth, Turner, and Crisp Counties.

Sunday, investigators were planning to interview more witnesses and follow leads in all four of those counties.

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