THOMASVILLE — Police found a wounded man in a Thomasville cemetery early Monday morning. A second man wounded in the same incident showed up at a Cairo hospital hours later.

Police on patrol around 1 a.m. heard gunfire.

"They started circling the area," said Lt. Toby Knifer, Thomasville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division commander.

As officers circled the area in an attempt to find the location of the gunfire, 911 received a call about someone being shot in Magnolia Cemetery on Cassidy Road at Vine Street.

Police found an 18-year-old Thomasville resident shot in the leg. Officers applied a tourniquet to the wound to stop the blood flow until Thomas County Emergency Medical Service arrived and transported the victim to Archbold Memorial Hospital, where he was in stable condition Monday afternoon.

Knifer said a group met at the cemetery "for an altercation."

"It escalated to where someone fired a gun," the commander said.

A few people remained at the scene, while others ran, Knifer said.

After sunrise, another shooting victim, a Cairo resident, was reported at Grady General Hospital in Cairo.

"They discovered in Grady County he was involved in the incident in Thomas County," Knifer said.

Knife said neither victim suffered life-threatening injuries.

No one had been arrested in the shooting Monday afternoon. 

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820 

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