Carlos Dominique Cochran
By Joe Johnson
An Athens teen was transported from the hospital to the county jail Tuesday, a little over a week after a young woman he shot returned fire, reportedly acting in self-defense at the Parkview Homes apartment complex.
Carlos Dominique Cochran, 17, of Weir Court was booked into the jail on warrants charging him with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Cochran had been under police guard at the hospital since soon after the July 18 shooting on Weir Circle within the complex located between West Broad and Baxter streets, according to Athens-Clarke County police.
The victim, 19-year-old Alysses Williams, was transported to the hospital with serious injuries from multiple gunshot wounds, police said, and while officers were conducting an initial investigation, Cochran arrived at the hospital with a gunshot wound.
An officer was stationed at the hospital after police obtained the warrants that charged Cochran for the shooting.
The specific reason for the shooting was unknown, but according to Lt. Shaun Barnett, Cochran and Williams had “long-standing friction with each other that culminated in the Parkview incident
“It is believed that the victim returned gunfire after she had been shot by Cochran, which resulted in Cochran being shot,” he said
Barnett, who is ACCPD’s public information officer, said that Cochran and Williams had not been romantically involved.
“The investigation is ongoing; however, at this time it there are no charges pending for Ms. Williams as it is believed that she was defending herself,” Barnett said.
Williams remained hospitalized as of Wednesday morning.