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Late night shooting in Dalton leaves two injured, man sought by Dalton PD for attempted murder

Updated: Sep 1, 2019

Jobanie Martinez, 21, 3361 Freedom Lane, was charged Friday by the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office with aggravated battery (gun), burglary (forced entry, dwelling), possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, felony probation violation, criminal attempt to commit a felony and criminal violation of the Georgia Street Gang Act.

The Dalton Police Department is investigating a late night shooting incident that sent two people to local hospitals with injuries that are not considered to be life-threatening. The man who investigators have identified as the shooter, 21 year old Jobanie Martinez, is still at large. The victims and the shooter were known to each other. The incident happened at approximately 11:00 pm Sunday night at a residence on Dozier Street in Dalton. Investigators believe that Martinez and the residents were associates and have been in some sort of a dispute. Investigators say that Martinez went to the residence shortly after 11:00 and after being there a short time, began shooting at the victims with a handgun. Martinez then fled from the house. The victims, a 21 year old male and a 15 year old male were taken to local hospitals and are expected to survive their injuries. 21 year old Jobanie Martinez of Dalton is wanted on a warrants for two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated battery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, burglary in the 1st degree, and criminal violation of the Georgia Street Gang Act. He is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or contact Detective Matthew Kumnick at 706-278-9085, extension 9224. This incident is still being investigated and further charges are possible.