GBI Investigates Fatal Shooting in Woodbury Parking Lot

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is currently looking into the death of Jaylen Jamal McGruder, a 22-year-old from Pine Mountain, Georgia, following a shooting incident. The Woodbury Police Department requested GBI’s involvement in the investigation.

According to initial reports, the incident occurred around 9:40 p.m. when the Woodbury Police Department responded to a shooting incident in a parking lot behind a liquor store on Highway 85 in Woodbury. A fight among a large group of people escalated into gunfire, with several individuals firing shots. McGruder was among those shot during the altercation.

Emergency services rushed McGruder to a local hospital in Thomaston, where he succumbed to his injuries.

As of now, no arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

The investigation remains active, and anyone with relevant information is urged to contact either the GBI Regional Investigative Office in Midland at (706) 565-7888 or the Woodbury Police Department at 706-553-2211. Anonymous tips can also be provided by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), submitting online at, or through the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

Once the investigation concludes, the case file will be forwarded to the Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for further action.

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