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Houston County shooting suspect arrested in New York City

WARNER ROBINS -- The suspect in this past weekend’s shooting death in Houston County has been arrested.

Cheikh “Chucky” Howard Gwin­gue turned himself in to New York City authorities at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Houston County sheriff’s Capt. Jon Holland said.

Gwingue had been in contact with family members who were talking with Houston County authorities and U.S. marshals from the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force. A family member went with the 19-year-old Gwingue to turn himself in, Holland said.

Authorities are still trying to determine what caused the confrontation between Gwingue and Jarvis Keondre Rouse, who was shot shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday in the 100 block of Carter Circle near Knodishall Drive. The 20-year-old from Macon died from a single gunshot wound to the head, Holland said.

Rouse’s cousin previously told The Telegraph that Rouse was trying to break up a fight at a party when he was shot.

More than 100 people, mostly in their late teens and early 20s, were at a party in the basement and garage of the Carter Circle residence when the shooting occurred, Holland said. Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at 12:47 a.m. to the residence after a 911 call of a possible shooting victim.

Gwingue is awaiting extradition to Houston County, where he faces a murder charge, Holland said.

Sunday, authorities arrested Brandon Ra’Shoud Howard, who was described as a close friend of Gwin­gue, on a charge of hindering the apprehension or punishment of a criminal. He’s accused of helping Gwin­gue get out of town. Howard was being held Tuesday at the Houston County jail without bond.

Staff writer Becky Purser contributed to this report.