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Fort Valley toddler killed in apartment shooting, sister in serious condition

Police say 13-month-old Marcus Ball Jr. was shot and killed when someone fired into the Lakeview Apartment.

FORT VALLEY, Ga. — CORRECTION: Due to incorrect information from law enforcement, this story originally incorrectly identified the child who was killed. According to coroner Kerry Rooks, he is Marcus Ball Jr., age 13 months.

One child is dead and another in the hospital after someone shot into a Fort Valley apartment on Thursday night.

A release from Fort Valley Police says it happened about 10:45 p.m. at Lakeview Apartments on Edward Street. 

It says officers got a "shots fired" call. They found the two victims when they arrived, and Emergency Medical responders started treatment.

Peach County Coroner Kerry Rooks says he pronounced Marcus Ball Jr. dead. He says the boy would have turned 13 months old on Thursday.

His 2-year-old sister, Markailey Ball, was shot in the shoulder and is in serious condition. 

The Georgia Bureau Of Investigation is helping with the case. Fort Valley Police said they have a person of interest in the case. 

This is the third deadly shooting at Lakeview Apartments in just over two months and at least the fourth in the past two years. 

Back in May, police found 37-year-old Brandon Goodwin shot in the 1100 block of Edward Street, where the apartments are located. He later died at the hospital. 

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Then in June of this year, one person died after a triple shooting at the same complex.

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In June of 2020, a shooting left 24-year-old Juan Stewart dead. 

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In the latest case, police say they are holding the names of any "persons of interest" as they track down leads in the latest shooting. 

This is a developing story. Stay tuned to 13WMAZ and 13WMAZ.com for any updates.   


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