A violent January continued on Monday and Tuesday as Moultrie police responded in a 24-hour period to shots fired during an assault, two additional reports of gunfire and an armed robbery.
The gunfire reported Tuesday around Eighth Avenue Southeast marks the fourth day that residents have reported hearing multiple gunshots in the city in the days immediately after a 23-year-old man was fatally shot on Friday.
On Monday night, three men were arrested after an officer got into a car pursuit after hearing shots fired in the 700 block of 11th Street Southeast.
Charged with aggravated assault were: Christopher Allen Bennett, 24, 1012 11th St. S.E.; Brandon Nelson Bennett, 19, 1603 Lower Meigs Road; and Aaron Richter Wallace, 18, of Moultrie, police said.
After hearing the shots, the officer saw a 2006 Toyota Camry run a stop sign at 11th Street and Fifth Avenue Southeast.
The driver of the Toyota accelerated to a high rate of speed, putting some distance between it and the pursuing officer, and the chase was called off.
At a house in the 700 block of 11th Avenue Southeast, police spoke with five people. Ross Thomas, 25, of Moultrie reported that a man attempted to rob him at gunpoint and then began shooting at neighbor Alexander Howard.
Thomas told police that the gunman left and a few minutes later shots were fired at their residences out of a red car as it passed.
Police later found the red Toyota wrecked and abandoned in the 1100 block of Second Street Southeast, Inv. Raul Leal said. Later police spoke with a man who met them at a convenience store. He said he had been in the car and identified the driver as Christopher Bennett.
He was arrested at that time and police then found Christopher Bennett at his residence, where he was taken into custody.
At about 2:10 p.m. Monday, police were dispatched to Shy Manor Drive to investigate an armed robbery.
There, Dylan Gray, 21, of Moultrie reported that he was held up at gunpoint in the area near the apartments, police reports said.
Later Monday, a woman who went to the police department reported gunfire in the 1200 block of Fourth Street Southwest. The reported incident occurred between 4:31 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., reports said.
And at about 2:25 p.m. Tuesday police received a report of multiple gunshots fired on Eighth Avenue Southeast. Patrol cars were parked in the same block where the body of Danny D. Hill, 23, was found in a house after police received a call Friday evening of a fatal shooting.
An autopsy performed Tuesday showed that Hill died of a single gunshot wound to the head, Colquitt County Coroner Verlyn Brock said Tuesday.
Investigation into that shooting and the shooting of 20-year-old Moses Barber continued on Tuesday, but police had not made arrests and did not release additional information in those cases.
Barber was interviewed Sunday at Colquitt Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the upper left side of his chest. Police said he reported being shot at Woodmen of the World Park in Southwest Moultrie. However, they said that the shooting could not have happened there at the time he said and he was not cooperating in the investigation.
Also in January there have been armed robberies at the Chevron store at Veterans Parkway and Super C convenience store on West Bypass. Those robberies occurred at 3:42 a.m. and 9 a.m., respectively, on Jan. 8, and police suspect the same two men, one of whom brandished a shotgun, pulled them off.