Four dead in dou­ble shoot­ings

Man­hunt con­tin­ued into week­end for Day­lon Delon Gam­ble, lone sus­pect in mul­ti­ple shoot­ing in­ci­dent in Rock­mart on Jan. 24

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­

Gun­shots rang out in the dark of night and dis­turbed the peace of a cold Jan­uary night at two homes in the Wil­liamson Street area of Rock­mart.

When po­lice ar­rived at two scenes just a few blocks apart last Thurs­day night, Jan­uary 24 just after 8 p.m., they found five peo­ple who were shot in what is be­lieved to be a tar­geted killing of two men and two women.

Four vic­tims were pro­nounced dead on the scene after the coro­ner’s of­fice ar­rived, and the fifth was rushed to At­lanta Med­i­cal Cen­ter by air­lift not long after the in­ci­dent for emer­gency surgery.

As of press time over the week­end, 24-year-old Peer­less Brown re­mained in the in­ten­sive care unit, but his con­di­tion was up­graded on Satur­day from ex­tremely crit­i­cal to that of se­ri­ous but sta­ble, with se­vere in­juries to his head. Lo­cal of­fi­cials fol­low­ing his progress re­port that he is in a med­i­cally-in­duced coma. Of­fi­cials re­ported he had made marked im­prove­ment since emer­gency surgery was con­ducted Thurs­day fol­low­ing the shoot­ing.

Polk County Coro­ner Tony Bra­zier said after fam­ily mem­bers were fully no­ti­fied of what hap­pened that He­len Rose Mitchell, 48, and Jae­qunn Davis, 19, both of a Wil­liamson Street ad­dress were found in front of their home at one scene.

Brown was also found at the Wil­liamson Street home by paramedics, who rushed to get him treat­ment last Thurs­day night.

Just a few hun­dred yards away on (Short) Rome Street, Arkeyla Perry, 24, and Dadrian Cum­mings, 26, were found shot as well. At least three calls came into 911 within min­utes re­port­ing the in­ci­dents.

The five vic­tims were all be­lieved to have been tar­geted due to the na­ture of their wounds, ac­cord­ing to po­lice of­fi­cials.

Po­lice were still search­ing at press time for 27-year-old Day­lon Delon Gam­ble, con­sid­ered armed and dan­ger­ous, after he fled the scene and stole a black Ford truck from the Wil­liamson Street ad­dress. The truck was later re­cov­ered in Bar­tow County, ac­cord­ing to the GBI.

Gam­ble is be­ing sought by lo­cal, state and fed­eral au­thor­i­ties were still on the hunt for him as of Fri­day even­ing.

Al­ready the case has drawn in ex­ten­sive lo­cal and area re­sources dur­ing the ini­tial re­sponse and fol­low-up man­hunt. Those have in­cluded 3 GBI re­gional of­fices, the Rock­mart Po­lice, Polk County Po­lice, Cedar­town Po­lice, Har­al­son-Pauld­ing Drug Task Force, the Cartersville Po­lice, Floyd County Sher­iff’s Of­fice fugi­tive task force mem­bers and fed­eral of­fi­cers from the FBI and U.S. Mar­shal’s Field Of­fice.

Bra­zier said the four found out­side their homes were all un­der­go­ing foren­sic ex­ams by the GBI’s Crime Lab, and were of­fi­cially pro­nounced dead on the scene at 8 p.m. Thurs­day night, Jan. 24.

The shoot­ings marked the first mur­ders of 2019 in Polk County, and out­paced the past two years of vi­o­lent deaths in one night. There was only one mur­der in all of 2018 in Cedar­town, and three in 2017.

Bra­zier said in his ex­pe­ri­ence in Polk County in re­cent years, the mur­ders were the most that have ever taken place at one time. The dou­ble shoot­ings took place just a short drive from his­toric down­town Rock­mart. Less than a mile sep­a­rates both ad­dresses with South Mar­ble Street.

Rock­mart Po­lice Chief Keith Sor­rells said in his long ca­reer in law en­force­ment in the Rock­mart com­mu­nity, he had not ex­pe­ri­enced any­thing like last Thurs­day’s shoot­ing be­fore.

“It is dif­fi­cult for this not to touch ev­ery­body in this com­mu­nity one way or the other. Whether you were rel­a­tives of those fam­i­lies, or friends of some­one that knew them, it’s just a tragedy,” Sor­rells said. “In my mind we’re a close knit com­mu­nity. My heart goes out to the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims and those that are con­nected to them, which I think en­com­pass ev­ery­body.”

“I think we all want what’s best for Rock­mart, and this is not it. It’s not a true re­flec­tion of this com­mu­nity,” he said.

Sor­rells said based on calls re­ceived by Polk County 911 re­port­ing the calls first at the Wil­liamson Street ad­dress at 7:59 p.m., and then an­other shoot­ing mo­ments later not far from where the house sits at 422 Gor­don Street. The sec­ond call was then pro­ceeded mo­ments later by the re­port of shots be­ing fired at 503 Rome Street.

He added that thus far, po­lice have not yet de­ter­mined a mo­tive as to why Gam­ble would com­mit the crime, or any­thing about the vic­tims that would ex­plain why this hap­pened.

Au­thor­i­ties all urged Gam­ble to turn him­self in as the man­hunt con­tin­ued over the week­end into press time.

Two of four bod­ies were found out­side of a house in an al­ley­way be­tween West Church Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Street in Rock­mart on Thurs­day even­ing, Jan­uary 24, 2019

/ Kevin Myrick

Top: Two of four bod­ies were found out­side of a house in an al­ley­way be­tween West Church Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Street in Rock­mart on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 24, 2019 around 8 p.m. in a mul­ti­ple shoot­ing in­ci­dent in the area. Above: Po­lice were just as con­cerned with crowd con­trol as they were as­sess­ing the scenes of the mul­ti­ple shoot­ing.

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