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Information wanted after multiple people shot at Turner County club

Purvis says that 7-8 people were shot while at The Living Room, in the 800 block of West Washington, around 2:15 a.m. / K Copello

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Ashburn Police Department are investigating after seven people were shot early Saturday morning.

Special Agent in Charge J.T. Ricketson says that around 2:30 a.m., multiple calls came into 911 saying that there had been multiple shootings near Studio 2.0 in the 800 block of West Washington Avenue.

The 800 block of West Washington is closed until the investigation is complete. Traffic is being detoured around the scene.

Studio 2.0, which used to be known as The Living Room, has had a business license for about two months. Ricketson says that through their investigation, agents learned that this was the first event with the new business license. Promoters produced a flyer and distributed it around Ashburn, Sylvester, Cordele and Tifton. Police estimate that 150 to 200 people were in attendance Saturday night and morning, most of which were under 21.

Ashburn police officers were the first to arrive on scene, 2-3 minutes after the initial calls into dispatch. When officers arrived, they noticed that there were a lot of people fleeing, there were a number of cars lined up on either side of West Washington Avenue and there were a lot of beer cans, cups with alcohol and possible drugs.

Due to the alcohol found outside the club, the event promoter, 36-year-old Tio Davis was arrested for providing alcohol to minors.

SAC Ricketson says that seven people were shot, 6 males and one female. All were initially taken to Tift Regional Medical Center. When there, two were life flighted to Macon for treatment; a third was life flighted to Macon for treatment Saturday afternoon.

Ricketson says that this incident started as an argument between gangs, the "Shine Boys" from Cordele and the "Glow Boys" from Ashburn.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the GBI Tip Line at 1-800-597-8477 or the Ashburn Police Department at 229-567-2323.

This is a developing story and will be updated when more information becomes available.

Update: Monday, July 2nd

Major Richard Purvis with the Ashburn Police Department says a total of seven people were shot.

As of Monday, six have non life-threatening injuries.

On Sunday, one victim died.

Purvis says the department is putting all of their resources into finding out who did this.

"The problem is is that most of your people involved weren't actually involved, they were bystanders. This was very very senseless, this was very careless," said Purvis.

At this time, the Ashburn Police Department is not identifying the name of the victim who died Sunday.

All seven victims are apart of an ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the GBI tip line.


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