FORT GAINES, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation made an arrest in connection to a fatal shooting in Fort Gaines, Georgia. The suspect, 33-year-old Keddrick Hall, was taken into custody for felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
According to GBI officials, the incident took place on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, around 2 p.m. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a shooting on Doughty Road in Fort Gaines. They discovered 59-year-old Ervin Smith, who had been shot. Smith was airlifted to Southeast Health Medical Center in Dothan, Ala., where he succumbed to his injuries.
Hall was apprehended not far from the scene and was subsequently booked into the Randolph County Jail. He now faces charges of felony murder, aggravated assault, and possessing a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Authorities urge anyone with information about the incident to contact the GBI Regional Investigative Office in Sylvester at 229-777-2080, or the Clay County Sheriff’s Office at 229-768-2505. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477) or online.
The arrest and charging of Keddrick Hall brings some closure to the tragic shooting that resulted in the loss of life. The investigation continues as law enforcement seeks to gather more information about the circumstances surrounding the incident.
For the community of Fort Gaines and the surrounding area, the news of the arrest may provide a sense of relief and a step toward justice for the victim and their loved ones. The impact of violent crimes reverberates throughout communities, and the efforts of law enforcement to make arrests can help in the healing process for those affected by such tragedies.