3 ar­rested in So­cial Cir­cle shoot­ing

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - JACKIE GUTKNECHT jgutknecht@cov­news.com

The So­cial Cir­cle Po­lice De­part­ment (SCPD) has charged three peo­ple with false state­ments in con­nec­tion with a Thurs­day morn­ing shoot­ing on Holly Street.

Bryson Brown, 17, of Mon­roe, Marke­vi­ous Carr, 17, of Mon­roe, and De­gar­rious Smith, 17, of Mon­roe, have all been charged.

SCPD is still ac­tively work­ing this in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is still en­cour­aged to call the po­lice de­part­ment 770-464-2366 or con­tact in­ves­ti­ga­tor Jett at mjett@so­cial­cir­clega.com or 678-243-8680.

“Through the in­ves­ti­ga­tion we know that in­ci­dent oc­curred be­tween known offenders and was not a ran­dom act of vi­o­lence,” SCPD Chief Ty­rone Oliver said.

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from Oliver, the de­part­ment re­ceived a call from the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment (CPD) in ref­er­ence to a per­son shot at the Pied­mont Newton Hos­pi­tal Emer­gency Room Thurs­day morn­ing. CPD was on scene at the hos­pi­tal.

SCPD re­sponded to Holly Street and lo­cated “sev­eral shell cas­ings in the road­way,” ac­cord­ing to Oliver’s re­lease.

The vic­tim has been iden­ti­fied as Ty­dre Colquitt, 18, of So­cial Cir­cle. He re­port­edly sus­tained a gun­shot wound to his torso-area and was trans­ported from Pied­mont Newton Hos­pi­tal to an At­lanta-area hos­pi­tal by air. He is listed in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, ac­cord­ing to Oliver’s re­lease.

Ac­cord­ing to the CPD in­ci­dent re­port, Colquitt said he was walk­ing on Holly Street when he saw his friend “hav­ing words” with an un­known per­son. He started run­ning in his friend’s di­rec­tion “in order to de-es­ca­late the ar­gu­ment.”

“Colquitt stated he heard ap­prox­i­mately four to six shots and stated to his friends he was ‘hit,’” ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

“This is still an ac­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion with as­sis­tance from the GBI, Wal­ton County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice and Wal­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Crime Scene,” Oliver said in the re­lease.

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