Crime

Suspects charged in midday gun battle outside convenience store

Bibb sheriff's deputies say a 2-inch bullet hole in the door of a 2015 Sierra was likely made by an AK-47 in a shootout Saturday afternoon near the Food Mart on Houston Avenue.
Bibb sheriff's deputies say a 2-inch bullet hole in the door of a 2015 Sierra was likely made by an AK-47 in a shootout Saturday afternoon near the Food Mart on Houston Avenue. lfabian@macon.com

A lunchtime shootout ended with two men being arrested on aggravated assault charges.

Dequavious Howard, 17, of Myrtle Court and Deandre Williams, 36, of Rocky Creek Road were arrested Saturday afternoon.

Howard
Dequavious Howard, Deandre Williams

A bullet tore a 2-inch hole in the door of a Sierra pickup just after 12:10 p.m near the Food Mart at 4315 Houston Avenue, just a few blocks from Rocky Creek Road.

Witnesses said a gunman, later identified as Howard, was standing in the parking lot of the store near Chatham Street and exchanging fire with Williams, who was behind the wheel of a white Chevrolet Tahoe on Houston Avenue.

At least three bullet casings were in the street near Chatham, which was blocked off by patrol cars.

Deputies believe the Tahoe driver was firing something like an AK-47 and hit the door of the 2015 pickup parked in front of the store.

Its owner, who just recently bought the vehicle, was inside talking to store clerks when they heard the gunfire.

Another shot from the Tahoe ricocheted up into the overhang at the convenience store entrance, but no one was wounded.

Deputies handcuffed Howard in the parking lot as other officers started chasing the SUV.

Men who were sitting outside Veal’s Tire Service said they heard several shots as the Tahoe went down Green Street and over to Pinson Street.

Officers, including a Georgia State Patrol trooper pursued the Tahoe.

The chase led to Buena Vista Avenue where Williams stopped the vehicle in the back yard of a house near his home in the 1200 block of Rocky Creek Road.

He fired a shot toward a deputy before he was taken into custody.

A woman living in a nearby duplex thought the sirens she heard was the movie she was watching on DVD.

“There were sirens on the movie, too,” she said as she sat on the stoop watching as a deputy was talking to witnesses.

Liz Fabian: 478-744-4303, @liz_lines

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