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Shooting that injured 8 in downtown Athens was gang-related

Updated: Jan 27, 2022


By Joe Johnson

A shooting in downtown Athens four months ago in which eight people were injured turned out to be a gang-related shooting and not a lone gunman as authorities originally believed.

“After investigation, detectives determined that two rival gangs had a dispute at a downtown intersection,” said Geof Gilland, public information specialist for the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.

“These two rival gangs, based in Washington-Wilkes, began fighting in the intersection,” he said. “At one point, (a gang member) began to fire a weapon, and eight individuals were injured by gunfire, some by ricochets.”

According to Gilland all four suspects were charged because they were party to the crime, meaning they arrived at the incident together and subsequently left the incident together.” After investigation, detectives determined that two rival gangs had a dispute at a downtown intersection.

The incident coincided with throngs of people who were visiting bars and restaurants downtown as they celebrated the University of Georgia’s football team defeating Clemson University late the night before.

Police said the victims ranged in age from 19 to 29, and none attended UGA.

On Tuesday in Clarke County Superior Court, four members of the Blood Trey Nine street gang were charged in a 17-count indictment for shooting at members of the rival Roadrunners gang, which is associated with the Gangster Disciples.

Pharoah Devonnell Williams

The Blood Trey Nine members were identified in the indictment as Pharoah Devonnell Williams, 21; Jaccorian Tyrik Hall, 22; Kwontravis Grant, 20; and Damarcas Termaine Grant.

They were each charged with multiple counts of violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act; aggravated assault; possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to the indictment.

All of the codefendants were charged in a direct indictment for which bench warrants were issued, except for Williams, who was arrested as the apparent lone gunman soon after the shooting early the morning of Sept. 5 at the corner of East Clayton and North Jackson streets.

Williams, a resident of Washington, in December was accused in court of seven counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

He has been in custody since surrendering in Wilkes County the day after the incident.

The case had originally been in the hands of Deborah Gonzalez, DA for Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties in the Western Judicial Circuit, but state Attorney General Chris Carr re-assigned the case to Augusta Judicial Circuit DA Jared T. Williams because of a conflict of interest -- a family member of one of Gonzalez's employees reportedly was among the victims of the shooting.


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KeKeepE'mHating
KeKeepE'mHating
Feb 01, 2022

I see so much hate on this comment thread it's sad. I live in Rocksprings. Yesterday I was sitting in my car while my son got the groceries out and the property manager was driving bye. I was inside my car smoking a cigarette and he stops and says, that your not supposed to smoke cigarettes on housing authority property. I lost it. I immediately said me smoking cigarettes should be the least of your concern when it's bullets flying out here. His pathetic response was that's the police job. Smdh I LIVE IN THE COMMUNITY where I SEE THE PATHETIC IGNORANT BS and NO ONE IN THAT OFFICE CARES! As much as it hurts seeing someone speak down on…

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Kir Enoch
Kir Enoch
Jan 31, 2022

How idiotic to blame a person’s behavior on the name they were given at birth! Neither myself nor my children have traditional names; however they are biblical and rooted in tradition. I dare any of you to prophesy inappropriate behavior upon us based upon our names. I have seen plenty of people arrested with very conventional names as well as plenty of those same people on the welfare rolls, drug lists and housing projects. So maybe YOU people shouldn’t name your children Johnny, Tom, Sue or Amy, etc…

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Unknown member
Feb 01, 2022
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"Representation of our (sic) PROUD RACE"

A bit off topic but I have to ask... Are white people allowed to say those words without being accused of being white supremacists?

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Unknown member
Jan 28, 2022

FFS... We all knew it was gang related. There was never any question, NO ONE thought for a second this was a "lone gunman".

I don't buy the reason given for taking the case out of DA Gonzales's hands, I think she was going to plead it down to a slap on the wrist and the AG took it from her to make sure justice will be done.

If I'm wrong and she is in fact related to one of the victims (Edit: As pointed out in a reply it's not her who is related to the person in question but someone in her office), Which one? Are they involved with gangs or were they just in the wrong place…

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Classic City News
Classic City News
Feb 01, 2022
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I think there’s more we can agree on than not

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emccorkle
emccorkle
Jan 28, 2022

What job is going to pay more than drug dealing?

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Classic City News
Classic City News
Feb 01, 2022
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During my first days in Athens a teen at the corner of Waddell Street and Hawthorne Extension told he he made 10x as much slinging dope for an hour than if he flipped burgers all day.

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Athens so called “business leaders” to come up with some work for young folks that pays more than running drugs.

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Jarvis T
Jarvis T
Jan 31, 2022
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That WAS kinda funny! Gave me an eye rolling chuckle! Like these thugs are even thinking about being a hard working pay check type of regular guy! Working for “the man“ isn’t even on their agenda. And besides….they’re all ALREADY unemployable!!! They became that way when they got their first felony arrest at 13!!!

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