NEWTON, Ga. — Three people were killed in shootings over the weekend in Southwest Georgia communities.
The latest, the shooting death of 29-year-old Dusty Carroll near Moultrie, stemmed from an altercation, Special Agent-in-Charge Steve Turner of the Thomasville office of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.
Carroll was hospitalized and taken to a hospital in Macon, where he later died from his injuries. Turner said the investigation was ongoing and that charges are pending the results of the GBI’s preliminary investigation.
Carroll’s death is the latest among an unusually high number of murders in Colquitt County. Coroner Verlyn Brock couldn’t recount how many murders have occurred in Moultrie so far this year.
“We’ve had more than our fair share,” he said. “It’s been way too many, I can tell you that. We’ve got more than y’all, and we’ve got less than half the population.”
Sunday night, Baker County Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a shooting and found Charlie Backey suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to a medical facility in Miller County and was later flown by helicopter to a hospital in Tallahassee, Fla., where he eventually died from his injuries.
Baker County Sheriff Dana Meade said Monday afternoon that one person, Walter Lee Shiloh, had been detained related to the case.
“It was an argument that escalated, and someone got shot,” Meade said.
Charges are pending the results of an autopsy and completion of the investigation.
Christopher Raphael Sears was shot and killed in Tifton on Friday. Investigators say he and a female passenger were stopped in their vehicle near the intersection of Third and Short streets when he was approached and fired upon. The passenger survived the attack but sustained injuries.
Tift County Sheriff’s Office officials said Monday that the investigation is ongoing.