Macon man indicted in September shooting outside Grant’s Lounge

Bibb County grand jurors indicted a 38-year-old Macon man Tuesday on allegations he shot five people outside Grant’s Lounge in September.

Jamel Ramon Nolton, of Blount Street, is charged with five counts of aggravated assault. He also is charged with criminal damage to property, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, giving false information to a law enforcement officer and three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to an indictment filed in Bibb County Superior Court.

Witnesses have said a man fired into the crowd outside the Poplar Street nightclub early Sept. 6 after a fight.

Three people were shot in the leg, a man was shot in the abdomen and another man was shot in the back, according to the indictment.

Gunfire also damaged a woman’s Honda Accord, according to the indictment.

Nolton allegedly gave authorities the name James Nolton and a false date of birth.

He was prohibited from possessing a gun following a 1996 Twiggs County robbery conviction, a 1998 Bibb County aggravated assault conviction and a 2007 Bibb County aggravated assault conviction, according to the indictment.

Nolton has been held at the county jail since the morning of the shooting. He doesn’t have a bond, according to jail records.

The shooting spurred discussion about a county ordinance to ban anyone under 21 from bars and nightclubs. The measure failed after opponents voiced their opinions at public hearings.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.