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Athens gang violence encroaching on college student housing areas


By Joe Johnson

Gun violence that recently occurred at an Athens student housing complex is being investigated as a possible gang related incident, according to Athens-Clarke police.

The incident marked the second time in three months that gang violence has encroached on areas where University of Georgia students reside.

The shooting that occurred early Wednesday morning appears to have been a continuation of a violent feud between the Athens street gangs known as EBE (Everybody Eats) and RTG (Red Tape Gang), according to a police source who is not authorized to publicly speak about the investigation.

The initial, deadly shooting happened on the night of March 5 in the Five Points neighborhood of Northview Drive across from the UGA campus, where authorities said that RTG members were attending a gang party when a carload of EBE members targeted the house with a fusillade of gunfire,’ that fatally injured 24-year-old Ja’Vanni McDavid, identified by police as a member of the Red Tape Gang.

Four members of the EBE Street gang have been indicted for murder in connection with McDavid’s death.

Authorities said that during the incident more than 40 rounds were fired during an exchange of gunfire between occupants of the car and people attending the party.

The pool at The Retreat on Milledge where on Wednesday a young man was shot duting a possibky gang related incident

In Wednesday’s incident, police said, an unlawful gathering of trespassers at the pool at The Retreat on Milledge, a complex that largely caters to UGA students turned violent soon after midnight when multiple shots were fired by at least three guns of different calibers, indicating a possible shootout.

A 20-year-old male who did not live at the complex was shot in the foot, according to police.

The illegal gathering reportedly had been spontaneously organized through social media apps that included Instagram, which police said has become an increasing problem in town that they plan to address.

A parent whose daughter lives at the complex said that about 50 people attended the illegal gathering, and that upon returning home from work on Wednesday she noticed that the pool's gate, which should have been locked at 10 p.m. was open, and she saw no security presence.

According to the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, the shooting happened minutes after midnight at the Retreat on Milledge complex, 2555 S. Milledge Ave.

While officers were conducting interviews and collecting spent shell casings and other evidence at the scene, a 20-year-old Athens man who did not live at the complex arrived at the hospital with a gunshot wound to his foot that he received at the pool party.

The residents of one unit at the complex reportedly told police that after hearing gunshots an unknown black male ran into their apartment screaming that he had been jumped he then fled when he apparently realized that he did not know the people there. Police said that the male was described as bleeding from his hands and was wearing a blue hoodie and had long dreadlocks.

Those same residents also told police that they saw another black male who wore a bright blue hoodie and also had long dreadlocks, and that he was armed with a gun.

In a police report about the incident, an officer noted that illegal pool parties are on the rise in Athens:

“There have been an increased number of large groups of youths partying at various pools across the county, where they do not reside. His incident seems to have stemmed from one of these gatherings.

“One subject on scene told an officer that there is an app where these meetups are planned. Another subject told me on a previous scene that they are also being planned/spread via Instagram.”

On Friday, ACCPD spokesman Lt. Shaun Brnett said investigators were attempting to find any gang involvement with the pool shooting.

“A motive for this incident has not been confirmed; however, we have not ruled out that it could be gang related,”. He said. “We recognize the impact that criminal street gang activity has on the community. We have been, and will remain, fully committed to addressing the issue..”

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Izzy Mendalbaum
Izzy Mendalbaum
2023. jún. 03.

First, shame on the other commenters who encourage parents to send their students elsewhere. Show me a college town and I'll show you a criminal history. BUT, clearly we are not taking the gang issue seriously enough. I suggest some sort of 'overreaction' that will scare the crap out of these thugs. Patrol cars on every corner of Nellie B. and other crime areas. Random stop-and-frisk. Where the hell is our County Farm with prison labor being used to feed the Athens hungry. Athens wants and needs laws and justice that put fear in these criminal's hearts.

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Válasz címzettje:

The District Attorney will, and has, put the kibosh on any action against gangs. Her and our mayor and the commissioners will never allow random stop and frisk or saturation patrolling around Nelli B or any other crap, crime and gang infested area. They will not allow law-enforcement to put the fear into anybody. Our leaders and district attorney’s goal is for them to take the deterring fear away from law-enforcement and declaw them and take their teeth away. Our leaders operate under the misguided principle that if we are nice to the gangsters and thugs and criminals, then they will appreciate the gesture and reciprocate and be nice to us.

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I say again...Parents, you really need to think twice about sending your children to UGA. Especially for undergraduate school. So many safer places and good schools to go into debt, party and get that degree.


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Danielle Cooper
Danielle Cooper
2023. jún. 03.
Válasz címzettje:

Gangs are EVERYWHERE!!! UGA IS THE NUMBER ONE REASON FOR THE RENT INCREASE IN ATHENS!!! What’s NOT OK IS PEOPLE PAYING THESE EXTRAVAGANT PRICES TO LIVE AWAY FROM THIS TYPE OF MESS AND STILL HAVE TO DO SO!!! MY NUMBER ONE GOAL IS TO MOVE MY SON OUT OF ATHENS!!! THESE GANGS THE VIOLENCE THE SHOOTINGS WITH ABSOLUTELY NO REGARDS FOR ANYONES LIFE NOT EVEN A DOG IS SCARY, DISGUSTING AND BEYOND SAD‼️ THOSE STUDENTS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO EXPERIENCE THIS!! I’m ON TOP OF CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD SO SENDING THEM ELSEWHERE SPECIFICALLY DUE TO GANG ACTIVITY/VIOLENCE IS DEFINITELY NOT THE SOLUTION BECAUSE ITS EVERYWHERE AND JUST AS BAD‼️ THOSE THAT ARE BEING PAID AND THOSE THAT TOOK…

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I say again…GREAT advertisement for Athens in recruiting families to pick UGA for their kids to attend!

So …DA Gonzales…how’s this Seattle/Portland restorative justice thing working out for you?

So…pinheaded Liberal bleeding heart and artist woke Athens voters…how’s your choice for DA working out for you?

Things rolling out just the way you expected?! Happy with your new and improved city of the homeless and Gangsta thugs? Feel safer?


And in reality, the police really shouldn’t bother pursuing any arrests, because nobody will be prosecuted by our district attorney. The only way to get a real conviction with any meaning is if the federal government handled this case.


On the silver lining of this cloud…at least the gangbangers smoked the…

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Paul Bunce
Paul Bunce
2023. jún. 02.

Perhaps some of the students who lean heavily left wing and anti police might gain some education from this.

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Válasz címzettje:

No! They’ll just blame the police for over policing and still demand that they be disbanded and disarmed and replaced with psychologists on wheels. These young woke snowflake brainwashed liberals will never change.

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