A 27-year-old Macon man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday after Bibb County jurors found him guilty of gun charges in connection with a shooting outside Macon’s Memorial Gym community center.
Jurors deliberated more than three hours before finding Davis Emmanuel Gay guilty of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
They were unable to reach a unanimous verdict on a count of aggravated assault that alleged Gay shot Terrell Evans as Evans sat in a truck just before 9 p.m. at the community center on Aug. 29, 2015. The judge declared a mistrial on that count.
Jurors acquitted him of a second count of aggravated assault that alleged he shot Evans’ brother, Tavares Evans, as the man ran away.
Evidence presented during the trial showed Gay was recorded on surveillance video showing people an assault rifle just before he walked to the community center’s playground area and fired 20 shots, prosecutor Neil Halvorson said in his closing statement to jurors.
Terrell Evans was shot in the knee. His brother, Tavares, saw Gay coming his way with a gun and was shot in the heel as he ran off, Halvorson said.
Authorities have said the shooting at the crowded Second Street community center was retaliatory “street justice” for another shooting, the prosecutor said.
Gay, as seen on video, was wearing the same clothes he was wearing when he went to a Macon hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound on the night of the shooting, Halvorson said.
The defense argued that no one identified Gay as the shooter, but Halvorson said Terrell Evans told authorities Gay is the person who shot him.
The defense also argued there’s no evidence of where Tavares Evans was when he was shot.
Gay, who has been in custody since 2014, was convicted of aggravated assault in 2008 in an incident in which three people were shot.