MOULTRIE, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has announced an arrest in connection with one of two shootings that took place last Saturday.

Jared Tavaris Taylor, also known as “JT,” 19, of 209 Third St. N.W., was arrested at his residence about 5:10 p.m. Thursday, the GBI said on Friday.

Taylor was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in connection with a shooting that took place in the 1000 block of Seventh Street Northwest Saturday afternoon, Nov. 9, according to a GBI release.

“A search warrant was also executed at Taylor’s residence after his arrest for evidence related to this investigation,” said Jamy Steinberg, special agent in charge of the GBI’s Thomasville office.  “During the search warrant, multiple weapons and ammunition were located and seized.  Some of the weapons seized were determined to be stolen. Further investigation is being done to track the other guns that were recovered.”

The GBI, Moultrie Police Department and Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office worked together to make the arrest and execute the subsequent search warrant, Steinberg said.  

Steinberg said Taylor was also booked on an outstanding probation warrant on previous charges unrelated to the current case.

The GBI has not released the name of the man who was shot. The agency previously said he was taken by helicopter to an out-of-county trauma center, but it has not released his condition. Without his name, The Observer cannot get his condition from the hospital.

A second shooting took place about 9 p.m. the same day in the 800 block of 12th Avenue Southeast.

That shooting claimed the life of 18-year-old Jayla Alexander, a senior at Colquitt County High School. The GBI described it as a “drive-by” shooting in which multiple rounds were fired at the victim and others at the residence. Multiple shell casings and projectiles were recovered there, the agency said.

No arrest has been announced in that case. Part of the investigation is to determine whether the two attacks are related; the GBI did not address that question in its release Friday.

Both cases are active and ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the GBI at 229-225-4090, Moultrie Police at 229-985-3131 or Colquitt 911.

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