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Suspects in UGA North Campus shooting were in possession of assault rifles

Updated: Aug 1, 2023


Mark Luke Jarrett

By Joe Johnson

Two men reportedly were in possession of assault rifles when they allegedly shot an Athens man this month on the University of Georgia's North Campus.

The gun used to shoot D’Andre Smyles was believed by police to be a .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol that was found in the suspects’ white 2017 Chevrolet Corvette, but officers also located two AK 47 assault rifles in the vehicle’s trunk, according to UGA police.

The car’s occupants were identified by police as Zachary Thomas Baker, 25, and Mark Luke Jarrett, 24, who have the same address on Cedar Shoals Drive. The arrest report did not indicate whether one or both suspects were suspected of shooting a gun at a group of people at the intersection of Fulton and South Jackson streets, an area known as UGA’s Innovation District.

Zachary Thomas Baker

The incident happened at about 2:17 a.m. July 22, when a UGA police officer reported that he was patrolling on East Broad Street and heard gunshots just south of his location, around Fulton and South Jackson streets.

Upon arrival at to the area, the officer reported that “I saw a disarrayed scene, with people running in in different directions, with “some taking shelter in landscaping on the side of Fulton, crouching and screaming.”

A police officer provided Smyles with first aid for a gunshot wound to his knee, and as he was being prepared for transport to the hospital, a second gunshot wound to his ankle was noticed, according to the police report.

The officer's report indicated that while rendering aid to the victim he overheard someone say an "AK" or "AR" type rifle had been fired at them.

Smyles reportedly told police that the incident began as he, a female and two males were leaving Cloud bar on East Clayton Street when one of the two suspects kicked something at him, and after an exchange of words the suspect said to “follow us to the car.”

The report did not note to which suspect the Corvette belonged.

Athens-Clarke County police conducted a traffic stop of the suspects' vehicle near the U.S. Post Office on Olympic Drive.

Baker and Jarrett, the car's only only occupants,

were each charged with five counts of aggravated assault, two counts of weapon on school grounds, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and reckless conduct.

Police did not indicate whether a motive for the shooting had been established.

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Jack Rae
Jack Rae
Aug 01, 2023

These two brain sturgeons deserve serious jail time. This is one case I am going to follow from start to finish, I am willing to bet that this will get pled down to a much lesser charge and these two are back in circulation in less than a year after, and if there is, a guilty verdict.

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Unknown member
Jul 31, 2023

1. What does them being black have to do with anything? You never specifically point it out when the victims are white...

2. Were they threatened? Were they followed to their car? were the "victims" attempting to get into their vehicle and drag them out? If so then the use of deadly force is 100% justified and lawful.

3. Of what relevance are the *rifles* in their trunk? They were not used or even displayed...

4. An "assault rifle" is a select fire rifle meaning it has fully automatic capability. Stop misusing this term to further your anti-gun propaganda.


There are a lot of unanswered questions here and clearly the story is being told form only one side which almost…

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Tasha Gibbs
Tasha Gibbs
Aug 05, 2023
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Where does it say black? I read back.

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Tasha Gibbs
Tasha Gibbs
Aug 05, 2023
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The men in the mugshots have smirks on their face. Anyone know what that is? A psychopath/sociopath. Scary people. And our justice system is a joke which makes all the our police are doing to keep us safe; putting their lives on the line for us. Once their released it’s money we all pay gone, it’s a waste of our officers time and a spit in all our faces by promises made to keep us safe. I’m ashamed to be an American. .

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Thugs are found in all colors.

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Lemme say first that this is the first time I can remember this page mentioning the race of victims or accused. If we're gonna go with this, Joe, we need to do it every time. I'm gonna help the police here.... Two white boys in a near-new Corvette with AK-47 guns available? I can smell the drugs from here.

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Tasha Gibbs
Tasha Gibbs
Aug 05, 2023
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Shame on that rageful, one minded victim trying to manipulate and pull race card when no one but this guy has made it about race. Like for real he might need help. He’s on here ready to start trouble. His behavior is unacceptable. It’s not ok to belittle or curse anyone especially a lady. And personal I’m “offended” by his racism. It would could realize we’ve been manipulated a long time by our government with the goal to keep us separated we might regain control of our country. Bc sweetheart I’m not a woman of color but I assure you; I and many many others have experienced mistreatment and abuse and the same ones with power are behind it all…

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