Dalton PD: Shooting suspect arrested in Atlanta area with help from U.S. Marshals

Investigators say that Jobanie Martinez went to the residence shortly after 11:00 and after being there a short time, began shooting at the victims with a handgun. (images: Dalton Police / MGN)

UPDATE (September 3):

Dalton Police say Jobanie Martinez was arrested in the Atlanta area with the help of U.S. Marshals.

He has been charged with 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 now in the Whitfield County Jail.

PREVIOUSLY (August 20):

The Dalton Police Department says two people were shot late Sunday night, and officers are still looking for the suspect, who they say knew his victims.

Both who were shot had non-life-threatening injuries, according to police. One of them is just 15 years old.

The incident happened about 11 p.m. at 1211 Dozier Street.

Investigators say 21-year-old Jobanie Martinez of Dalton and the victims had been in some sort of dispute. They say Martinez went to the residence and started shooting at the victims with a handgun, and then ran away.

The victims, a 21-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy, were rushed to the hospital.

Police want to arrest Martinez 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.

Dalton police say Martinez is a member of the Surenos gang. According to the FBI the group has affiliations to the Mexican mafia.

Dalton Police say Martinez is considered armed and dangerous.

"It wasn't a random thing.," Bruce Fraizer with the Dalton Police Department said. "We don't believe it's a threat, but when you're talking about someone who's already shot two people, it's very important to get him into custody."

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or contact Detective Matthew Kumnick at 706-278-9085, extension 9224.

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