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Two people shot in Houston County ‘when things went sideways,’ investigator says

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Gunfire erupted Thursday night near a neighborhood convenience store inside a mobile home park in Houston County, hospitalizing two people.

Joshua Dylan Hall, 18, and a 16-year-old girl, face aggravated assault charges in the shooting that took place at an intersection near the store in Red Fox Run about 7:30 p.m., said Houston County sheriff’s Lt. Kent Bankston.

Hall, the accused shooter, was inside a car, along with three other people, including one of the shooting victims. The other shooting victim was outside the car, Bankston said.

All those involved knew each other and had met up near the store, Bankston said.

“For whatever reasons, things went sideways,” Bankston said.

Jordan Smith, 28, was shot in the chest and abdomen, Bankston said. Smith was in critical condition Friday at the Medical Center, Navicent Health, Bankston said.

Jose Santana Rivera, 18, was shot in the leg and in the hand, according to an arrest warrant for Hall. Rivera was to taken to Houston Medical Center and was in stable condition at last report, Bankston said.

Hall also allegedly fired in the direction of Adellia Marie Toribio, according to warrants. Toribio was not hurt, Bankston said.

Anyone with information related to the shooting is asked to contact Bankston, or Sgt. Greg Pennycuff at 478-542-2080.

Becky Purser covers breaking and Houston County news. She previously covered crime and courts for Houston and Peach counties for The Telegraph. A graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree in communications/news-editorial sequence, Becky also has covered city and county government for Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia newspapers.
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