Police say shootings are gang-related

Police say three recent shootings, including the July 18 incident that left one man dead and another hospitalized, were gang-related.

Suspects in each of the three incidents are affiliated with a local street gang known as the Get Money Rock Boys, formerly known as the Georgia Deadly Boys, said a statement from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. Police say the incidents are believed to be the result of an ongoing feud with Six Hundred, a rival gang originating from East Boundary.

On June 29, deputies were dispatched to the 3300 block of Thames Place to investigate reports that shots had been fired at a party. Deputies tried to enter the home, but the homeowner, Demonia Jones, 39, told the officers they needed a warrant.

Jones was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge. The party-goers were told to leave the house.

Investigators later learned that the incident was partially captured on a home video surveillance system, the statement said. Investigators observed several black men walk past the camera in a single-file line. When the men returned, several were seen shooting firearms. Deputies returned the next morning and found that a vehicle on Thames Place had been struck by gunfire.

LeDarius Donnell Montgomery, 17; LaGrandes Orlando Montgomery, 19; and Jerome Marquise Smith, 19, have been charged with reckless conduct and unlawful street gang activity in connection with the incident.

Dijon Cortez Abbott, 17, who faces charges of murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and two charges of aggravated assault, was identified as a suspect in the July 18 incident. He now faces additional charges of reckless conduct and unlawful street gang activity in connection with the June 29 incident, Lt. Calvin Chew said.

Abbott was arrested less than 24 hours after the July 18 shooting in the 2500 block of East Kensington Drive, where Marquez Eubanks, 19, and Jeremy Whitehead, 21, were found with gunshot wounds. Eubanks later died at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

Both gangs were present at the incident, the statement said.

Jordan Jamal Lovett, 18, and Michael DiQuez Scott, 18, also were arrested in connection with the June 29 incident. Both face additional charges stemming from a July 21 shooting.

About 2:48 a.m. on July 21, deputies were dispatched to the 3600 block of Brussels Street in reference to a drive-by shooting. Police say that Lovett and Scott, who were driving a Chevrolet Impala, drove past the residence and fired from the car. A member of the Six Hundred gang was believed to be inside, the statement said.

Lovett and Scott were charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

On Tuesday, Nicholas Lockhart, 17, and Marquise Deion Lewis, 17, also were booked into the Richmond County jail on charges of reckless conduct and unlawful street gang activity in connection with the June 29 incident, booking records show.

Chew said the sheriff’s office is still investigating the July 18 and July 21 incidents.

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