Nyla Foster died after a fight over a man. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Woman killed after fight over a man

Douglas County authorities are searching for a 21-year-old woman they say shot and killed another woman after a fight.

Shontori Gooden allegedly shot Nyla Foster, 21, on Saturday in a Lithia Springs parking lot after they argued about a man, Channel 2 Action News reported.

“I ended up breaking up their altercation and (thought) everything was fine,” friend Kelia Thomas said.

Gooden then took a gun and shot Foster in the thigh, according to Channel 2.

Investigators say Nyla Foster and Shontori Gooden, both 21, got into an argument. Gooden then got a gun from her car and shot Foster in the leg.

“I just heard Nyla screaming my name,” Thomas said. Gooden had already left the scene.

Thomas began to drive Foster to the hospital until she saw a deputy nearby and asked for his help, Channel 2 reported. Foster later died.

“It’s horrible…I mean she was somebody who never got mad at anyone,” Thomas said.

Shontori Gooden is accused of shooting and killing Nyla Foster. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Thomas, Foster and friend Tashia Smith had just moved to Georgia from Lakeland, Florida, Channel 2 reported.

“She always carried a smile and she was an uplifting person,” Smith said. She said she wants Foster’s family and friends to get justice.

For Thomas, the fight could’ve been avoided: “It really wasn’t anything to argue about.”

Authorities described Gooden as 5 feet 5 inches tall and 160 pounds, with hazel eyes and piercings on her face and tattoos on her neck.


“She needs to come forward and face the consequences of her actions,” Douglas County Sheriff spokesman Sgt. Susan Sweat told Channel 2.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 678-486-1296. Tipsters can also remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting crimestoppersatlanta.org.

Authorities have been looking for Shontori Gooden since Saturday. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

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