Richmond County Sheriff's Office investigators say, on the night of Wednesday, June 29th at approximately 11:42 p.m., deputies were called to 3300 block of Thames Place in reference to a large party and gunshots being fired.
Deputies arrived in the area and located a large party at 3317 Thames Place. Deputies were unable to determine the full extent of what occurred due to people who were present would not cooperate and the confusion at the scene. Deputies were not able to initially locate any evidence.
Investigators tell us, deputies were later called back to the area and located shell casings in the surrounding area. Portions of this incident were later found to have been captured on a private citizen's home video surveillance system. Investigators were able to obtain a copy of this video surveillance and observed as a group of black males walk single file past the camera. A short time later, the black males are seen coming back in camera view with several in the group firing firearms.
The morning after this incident, deputies were called back to 3313 Thames Place regarding a vehicle that was found to have been struck by the gunfire and more shell casings were recovered. No persons ever came forward in this incident reporting they had been shot at. Investigators began investigating this incident and ultimately arrested the following individuals involved in this incident:
LeDarius Donnell Montgomery, 17,of the 3700 block of Bansbury Place
LaGrandes Orlando Montgomery, 19,of the 3700 block of Bansbury Place
Jordan Jamal Lovett, 18,of the 1000 block of Country Place
Jerome Marquise Smith, 19,of the 3400 block of Essex Place
Marquise Deion Lewis, 17,of the 3700 block of Bansbury Place
Dijon Cortez Abbott, 17,of the 4200 block of James Drive
Nicholas Antwone Lockhart, 17, of the 4200 block of Beckmont Drive
Michael DiQuez Scott, 18, of the 3600 block of Melbourne Drive
All suspects were charged with Reckless Conduct and Unlawful Street Gang Activity. Investigators say the teens were not charged with Aggravated Assault because no victims came forward. All suspects are affiliated with the street gang called "23"/"Get Money Rock Boys", formerly known as "Georgia Deadly Boys". Investigators believe this incident to be a gang-related dispute between "23rd" and "Six Hundred" (6Hunna), a street gang originating from East Boundary in East Augusta.
Prior to the arrest of these 8 suspects, the following additional incidents occurred that some if not all were a part of or present at:
Investigators say, on Thursday, July 18th, at approximately 11:55 p.m., deputies were called to a loud party and vehicles blocking the road at Cauthern Road and East Kensington Drive. Deputies arrived and, while approaching the residence at 2536 East Kensington Drive to shut the party down, gunshots erupted inside the residence and people began fleeing the house. Deputies located Marquez Eubanks and Jeremy Whitehead suffering from gunshot wounds.
Eubanks and Whitehead were transported to the Georgia Regents Medical Center Emergency Room for treatment and Eubanks died as a result of his injuries.
Investigators were able to identify Dijon Cortez Abbott as the suspect in this incident and apprehended Abbott late in the afternoon on Friday, July 19th. Abbott was charged in connection with this incident for Murder, 2 counts of Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime. During this investigation, many of the suspects from the shooting incident on the 3300 block of Thames Place were identified as also being present and it was learned that the shooting was gang related arising from a dispute between "23rd" and "Six Hundred" (6Hunna) as both gangs were present at this incident.
On Sunday, July 21st at approximately 2:48 a.m., investigators say deputies were called to the 3600 block of Brussels Street in reference to a drive by shooting at a residence. It was found that a blue Chevrolet Impala occupied by Jordan Jamal Lovett and Michael DiQuez Scott drove by a residence and opened fire from the vehicle on the residence. Deputies observed damage to the house caused by the gunfire and recovered numerous shell casings from the street. A resident at the house was believed to be a member or associate of Six Hundred and the suspects were members of "23rd". Both Lovett and Scott were charged with Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime.
No further information is being released as witnesses are still being sought in the Murder investigation and any persons present during the shooting incident on Thames Place are asked to come forward.
We will continue to follow this developing story and bring you the latest details as they become available.
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