2018-06-13 / Front Page

Shooting suspects arrested

Investigation into two shootings over the weekend has led to the arrest of three Blakely men. Early SO investigator Maj. Will Caudill told the News that additional suspects will likely be arrested and that the suspects in custody will likely face additional charges.

Sheriff’s deputies answered a 911 call to the first shooting at approximately 1:55 a.m. Saturday on North Church St. in the area where several nightclubs are located.

They learned the shots followed a fight and that the unidentified subjects firing the guns had fled the scene.

Despite several people being present, no witnesses came forward to provide an accurate suspect description or identifying information. No one was reported to have been injured.

About an hour later, at approximately 2:48 a.m., another call was received reporting numerous gunshots at a residence at 1005 North Church St. When deputies arrived on scene it was reported that several gunshots were fired from a vehicle or vehicles in a “drive by shooting,” striking the residence and a vehicle in the driveway.

Eight people, including an infant, were either inside or immediately outside of the residence at the time of this shooting. Fortunately, no one was reported injured.

Sheriff’s investigators responded to process the scene and begin the follow up investigation. Information was obtained that suggested the second shooting of the residence was some form of retaliation for the earlier incident just a few blocks away on North Church St.

Investigators deputies pursued leads through the weekend, questioning individuals, and conducting searches.

As of noon Tuesday, three individuals have been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting of the residence at 1005 N. Church St.

Javarious Dequan Price, 20, Erik Yarbrough, 20, and Darontae Favors, 20, have each been charged with eight counts of Aggravated Assault.

Investigators are seeking the public’s help in both incidents. Anyone with information is asked to call 723-3158. To conduct a thorough investigation, investigators need cooperation from the citizens. Numerous people who witnessed the initial incident are asked that they come forward to assist.

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