UPDATE: Man hospitalized in Forsyth Gardens shooting, gunman surrenders

FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A fugitive, who has been on the run since Monday night, turned himself into police Wednesday. He was released from jail on a $25,000 bond.

Forsyth Police Chief, Keith Corley said 36-year-old Antonio Smith, walked into the Forsyth Public Safety building, escorted by his attorney, around 3:40 p.m.  Smith was scheduled to turn himself in to police on Tuesday, but never showed up. A warrant had been issued for his arrest.

Smith is accused of shooting 20-year-old Chavez Lowe.

Police recovered “the 9mm pistol at a residence in Griffin,” according to Chief Corley.

Corley said Smith is charged with aggravated assault. According to the police chief, more charges are pending as the the shooting investigation continues.

Major David Brown said the incident happened Monday around 7:30 p.m., at the Forsyth Gardens apartments. The shooting occurred near the N building’s breezeway.

According to Brown, Smith fired his gun three times, hitting Lowe once in his thigh.
A Forsyth police officer was patrolling the area and heard the three shots fired in Forsyth Gardens apartments. The officer, who is also and Emergency Medical Technician arrived on the scene within seconds and immediately rendered aid, said the chief. “”The victim was then transported to the Medical Center.”

Lowe was released from the Medical Center of Central Georgia on Tuesday, he said.

“We are still unclear of the motive of the shooting,” added Corley. “This is still a very active investigation.”

Major Brown admitted it is early in their investigation but said between the evidence they have collected and interviews of witnesses, they do have some idea of the details surrounding the shooting.

“We believe there was some cash money that was in possession of the suspect and it came up missing,” said Brown. Unfortunately, this victim was targeted for it, that’s what we believe at this point.”

Witnesses who did not want to be identified, told 41NBC News the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute between Smith and his son. When, Smith was questioning Lowe about his son’s whereabouts and Lowe allegedly responded by using profanity, added the unidentified witnesses.

Still, the victim’s older brother, Qua High, 19, says he does not understand why his brother was shot.

“What’s the point in you pulling out a gun on a child, you are a grown man and he didn’t have nothing to do with what’s going on, and you just shoot this man,” said High. “That’s outrageous, in a apartment complex?”

Major Brown added that, money was stolen from the suspect and they believe the victim became a target of revenge.

“I encourage witnesses who saw the incident to please report what they saw to investigators with the Forsyth Police Department,” added Corley. “Any information should be reported to Major Brown 478-808-1551.”

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