Woman and child injured by gunfire at west Athens apartment complex


By Joe Johnson

A woman and young child reportedly were injured Saturday when gunfire erupted at a westside apartment complex.

According to Athens-Clarke County police, officers responded at about 4:15 p.m. to a reported shooting in the 100 block of Rocksprings Court in the Rocksprings Homes complex.

Upon arrival, officers saw multiple people fighting and, after gaining control of the situation, they determined that an altercation took place between multiple individuals.

An investigation determined that one of those involved in the altercation, 31-year-old Shontiva Jantella Myers, had driven from Atlanta with three others after learning about a fight involving their juvenile relative, according to police.

Shontiva Jantella Myers
Jeal Simon Williams
Yolanda Faye Myers

During the altercation, police said, Myers shot a gun toward the ground several times, causing ricochets to strike a 4-year-old boy and a 34-year-old woman, who were treated at the hospital and released.

One of her companions from Atlanta, 33-year-old Jeal Simon Williams, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and another, 50-year-old Yolanda Faye Myers, was charged with disorderly conduct.

Police said the investigation was ongoing, and that it could result in additional arrests.

Police asked for anyone with information about the incident to contact Detective Hovie Lister at 762-400-7333 or Hovie.Lister@accgov.com.

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