A week ago Friday, in the early morning quiet, shots rang out at Wings Cafe, eventually leaving three people dead and three others injured. The incident has left families to wonder why.
One of the dead, George Henley, 34, was the cafe’s DJ. He was shot in the back. His girlfriend, Nastajah Taylor, 23, was hit four times but survived. The other fatality was Corey Hollingshed, all of 25 and alleged to have been one of the shooters. As of Friday, the sheriff’s office had made four arrests -- 29-year-old Markques Patterson; Jaquez Foster, 23; 38-year-old Vertuice Wall; and 28-year-old Eric Watkins -- with several charges of murder, participating in criminal street gang activity and aggravated assault. Another suspect, Kenyata Lester, has yet to be apprehended or charged. Adding insult, Dashon Johnston was charged for robbery. He allegedly took money and other items off one of the victims. That’s vermin low.
According to a video at the scene, after a fight that was initially broken up, the alleged perpetrators decided to indiscriminately fire into the club from one of the entrance doors. There was no aim taken. In fact, the shooter wasn’t even looking at his targets. Sheriff David Davis called the act “cowardly.” The court will now decide their fates, and if found guilty, these actors should never see the light of freedom again.
The sheriff’s office, U.S. Marshals’ Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and other agencies are to be congratulated for the quick work of removing the alleged perpetrators from the streets of Macon. The Macon-Bibb County Commission is considering yanking Wings Cafe’s liquor license. That’s a step that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Wings Cafe is not the first club where violence has occurred and will not be the last.
We are not sure what could have prevented stupid people from committing this stupid act. Should clubs be required to have video cameras, not only on the outside of their premises but inside? That’s a start. The video of this incident was helpful in identifying people at the scene. Should clubs be required to have off-duty deputies for security? Another good start, but how practical, from a manpower standpoint, would that be? After all, the bouncer at the club did everything he could, from pushing and shoving to using pepper spray. Still, a deputy’s presence would, at least, carry a lot more weight than an unarmed bouncer.
Sheriff Davis put it in as clear terms as possible when talking about the incident at a meeting with the media. Those hung up in gang activity end up in one of two places, jail or hell. If these people are found guilty, they will end up in both.