Police make arrests in five gang-related shootings

Macon police have made five arrests and are looking for three people in connection with five gang-related, drive-by shootings.

Sgt. Timothy Moore said two groups are responsible for the shootings, which stemmed from a more than two-year-old argument. Police aren’t sure what sparked the conflict.

“I don’t think anybody knows what it stemmed from,” Moore said.

Moore would not say which gangs were involved in the shootings.

The shootings took place on the following dates:

n March 7, 2686 Reynolds Drive and 2804 Leone Drive North.

n March 8, 2755 Bonnie Ave.

n March 27, the intersection of Village Green Lane at Village Green Drive.

n March 29, 2700 block of Reynolds Drive.

Three people were injured in the shootings, including one of the men sought by police, 17-year-old Keonta Wray of Leone Drive North, according to police reports.

Wray was shot in the arm in the March 27 shooting near the intersection of Village Green Lane and Village Green Drive, according to a police report.

A second man wanted by the police, 18-year-old Jerry Johnson of Hickory Ridge Drive, is listed as a witness to the March 29 shooting in the 2700 block of Reynolds Drive, according to a police report.

Johnson and Wray face charges of aggravated assault, Moore said.

Two of the shootings targeted houses while gunmen in the other shootings fired on vehicles and pedestrians.

Dontavis A. Jackson, 19, of Log Cabin Drive and Keith Foster, 19, of Patton Avenue were arrested Friday on charges of aggravated assault and criminal participation in gang activity. Both men are being held without bond at the Bibb County jail, according to police and jail records.

Moore said three teenagers, ages 15, and two 16-year-olds, also have been arrested.

Officers received a call from the community that led to one arrest in connection with the shootings. The other arrests occurred following police interviews with suspects, he said.

A 15-year-old also is being sought, Moore said.

Moore said police think more people were involved in the shootings and the investigation is ongoing.

“We don’t know if they’re adults or juveniles,” he said.

Foster previously was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of participation in criminal street gang activity in connection with a March 29, 2009, shooting outside a former club called The Dirty Iguana, 543 Plum St.

Two teenagers, ages 16 and 19, were injured in the shooting.

The case was later dismissed by the district attorney’s office due to a lack of evidence.

Anyone with information about Wray, Johnson or the teenager is asked to call the police at 751-7500 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68-CRIME.

Information from The Telegraph’s archives was included in this report.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.