Three men have been charged with murder, and other arrests are expected as authorities continue to investigate the deadly shootout between rival gangs early Friday morning at Wings Cafe in Macon.
Jaquez Terrance Foster, 23, of Macon, was arrested at the Medical Center, Navicent Health, at 9 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Bibb County Sheriff’s Office news release. Foster, who was wounded in the gun battle, was charged with two counts of murder, five instances of aggravated assault and a probation violation.
Foster is accused of pulling out a gun and opening fire into a crowd following a fight at the nightclub last week, the warrant stated.
Others fired weapons, too, according to the warrants served by gang investigators with the sheriff’s office along with the office’s criminal investigative division.
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Foster’s arrest was the second Wednesday in the Wings Cafe case. About 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Vertuice Wall, a 38-year-old from Macon, was arrested in a Marietta apartment by the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force.
According to a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, Wall was charged with two counts of murder and one count of criminal street gang activity in the fatal shooting of Corey Hollingshed and George Henley. Wall was booked into the Bibb County jail overnight, where is is also being held on a State Court bench warrant.
Wall and Eric Watkins Jr., 28, of Lindsey Drive, are members of the street gang Blacc Team who helped instigate the gun battle against members of the Crips, according to arrest warrants.
Watkins was arrested at about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at the corner of Bloomfield and Lindsey drives by the U.S. Marshals task force. He is charged with two counts felony murder and one count of criminal street gang activity.
Henley, known as DJ Fresh, was near the front door of the club on Bloomfield Drive when bullets started flying, the glare of gunfire captured on surveillance cameras.
His girlfriend, Nastajah Taylor, was hit four times but survived.
Sheriff David Davis referred to both as innocent bystanders.
Surveillance video from the club shows fighting that led to the shooting, and investigators deduced that Watkins “did intentionally encourage, advise and aid” Kenyata Lester and Markques Patterson to commit an aggravated assault at the club, the warrant states. Neither Lester nor Patterson had been arrested as of Thursday morning, according to jail records.
Patterson was wounded in the shooting, along with Foster and Derrick Jackson.
Davis previously indicated all the suspects have been identified, and more arrests are expected.
The warrant states that Watkins is associated with the gang Blacc Team, and the shooting was against Crip gang members.
A Facebook page for an Eric Watkins Jr. shows a few beach pictures from the fall and an “Original Blacc Team 8326” logo of a black clenched fist that was posted as his profile picture in August.
Earlier photos are believed to be of Watkins partying with friends.
No bond has been set for Watkins, who appeared Wednesday afternoon before Magistrate Judge Janet Reeves. Watkins elected to have a commitment hearing but said he did not have an attorney at this time.
The shooting remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500 or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.
Telegraph writers Jennifer Burk, Andy M. Drury and Jeremy Timmerman contributed to this report, which contains information from The Telegraph archives. To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.