BLAKELY, GA (WDHN) — Nine people have been arrested in a shooting that happened less than two weeks ago near downtown Blakely.

“We’ll we have had instances before where multiple people have been involved instances like this,” Chief Caudill said.

According to BPD, the shooting occurred Friday, January 13, at 11:00 p.m. BPD responded to reports of gunfire on Liberty Street and around the same time, a report came in of a gunshot victim self-reporting to Lifebrite E.R. The victim was treated and later released.

After the incident, Blakely Police say officers located three vehicles believed to be involved in the shooting.

“We processed three cars in the shooting incident and slowly start putting things together,” Caudill said.

During the investigation, officers arrested Marcus Lindsey and Roy Jones Jr., both 19, and 17-year-old Jayemyan Hightower, and on the afternoon of Monday, January 16, police arrested 18-year-old Jaoveon Hudley, and an unidentified 16-year-old was detained at a Regional Youth Detention Center.

According to police chief Will Caudill, he says the investigation also reveals the shooting is gang related activity.

“In this case it appears we have two different opposing groups I can’t tell you what led to it but an ongoing dispute or whatever happened that night led to rounds being fired,” He said.

After a continued investigation into a shooting on Liberty Street, Blakely Police say they have now arrested 34-year-old Natoshia Hudley, 36-year-old Courtney Hudley, 32-year-old Kevin Hudley, and 18-year-old Trishelle Brown.

According to BPD, Natoshia Hudley, Courtney Hudley, Kevin Hudley, and Trishelle Brown are accused of making false statements and writings during the investigation.

“The ones accused of obstructing the investigation could face up to five years in prison,” Caudill said.

Lindsey, Jones, Hightower, Jaoveon Hudley, and the unnamed 16-year-old are facing multiple counts of aggravated assault and weapons offenses.

“The one involved directly with the shooting could face up to 20 years in prison for the multiple counts of aggravated assault and the weapon offenses could be up to five years if the court determine them guilty,” He said.

Chief Caudill said they are dedicated to cracking down on crime in southwest Georgia although it has been a challenge with a small department.

“Cases like this, we are going to pursue the DA office and prosecute in a different manner it shows gang activity and we want to be more aggressive and try a different approach and maybe that will make a difference,” He said.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges and arrests are expected.

If anyone has information regarding the incident, they are encouraged to call the Blakely Police Department at (229) 723-3414.