FORT VALLEY, Ga. (WRBL/WJBF) – Multiple people have been shot in Fort Valley, Ga. at a party. A total of eight people were shot and one of them has died, according to officials with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
GBI officials say the shooting happened at an “off campus party” in the 600 block of Carver Drive.
The person who died was not a student at Fort Valley State University, according to the GBI. Other information about the victims has not been released at this time.
According to the Fort Valley Department of Public Safety, a Fort Valley State University homecoming alumni breakfast and parade have been canceled.
The Georgia chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety’s grassroots networks, released the following statement following the shooting:
“Our hearts are with those impacted by last night’s tragic shooting,” said LaTayla Billingslea, a volunteer with Students Demand Action in Georgia. “Gun violence should not be part of the college experience yet, due to our lax gun laws, it far too often is. Our lawmakers need to take action, by passing common sense gun safety laws and funding violence interruption programs, otherwise we will keep seeing these tragedies over and over.”
Community-based violence intervention programs apply an effective, localized approach to gun violence prevention, providing evidence and community-informed, comprehensive support to individuals who are at greatest risk of gunshot victimization. These programs are shown to reduce gunshot wounds and deaths in the neighborhoods most impacted by gun violence.LaTayla Billingslea, a volunteer with Students Demand Action in Georgia