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9 kids wounded in horrific gas station shooting, 15-year-old 'validated gang member' and another male arrested

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Nine children were injured during a horrific shooting at a Georgia gas station earlier this month, and now cops say they have arrested two males who were involved in it.

Around 10:15 p.m. on February 17, police received a call about violence at a Shell gas station in Columbus, Georgia, located on the western side of the state, just across the Chattahoochee River from Alabama. According to reports, nine minors — including a 5-year-old boy who had gone to the gas station with a family member — were injured in the attack, along with two females, both 13 years old, and six males, ages 12 to 17.

All nine were quickly transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. At least four were released soon afterward. The status of the other five remains unclear.

During their investigation, Columbus police zeroed in on two suspects: D’Angelo Robinson Sr., 35, and an unidentified 15-year-old male. The teen's identity has not been released because of his age, though Columbus PD did describe him as "a validated gang member" in a recent report.

Robinson was arrested and booked into the Muscogee County Jail on eight counts of aggravated assault. It is unclear whether he remains in custody.

The teen was arrested and booked into the Regional Youth Detention Center. He faces one count of aggravated account. Further charges for both suspects could still be forthcoming, police said.

Though police still have not established a motive for the shooting, Columbus Police Chief Freddie Blackmon stated that the violence actually began when "an altercation" broke out at a nearby party, and the situation then continued at the Shell station. It is unclear whether any of the victims of the shooting had attended the party.

"This incident will not be tolerated," Blackmon stated. "Incidents of this type will not be tolerated."

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