An argument about grilled meat is what Bibb County Sheriff David Davis thinks incited four shootings at the Tindall Heights housing complex over the weekend.
The shootings began Saturday night when 17-year-old Tamarcus Williams showed up to a party to which he wasn't invited, Davis said.
"During the time (Williams) was there, a grill got knocked over and an argument ensued, which finally escalated into gunfire," the sheriff said. "All of this seems to stem from one incident."
Williams was shot in the shoulder just before 10 p.m., according to one of the sheriff's office incident reports related to the shootings. He was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Davis said Williams had difficulty recalling to investigators the events that led to his shooting.
About 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning, a 23-year-old man living in another building told deputies he awoke to bullets being fired into his bedroom window, according to an incident report. No one was injured in the shooting, which Davis said was a drive-by.
About 6:20 p.m. Sunday evening, another drive-by shooting occurred at a different apartment in the housing complex off Little Richard Penniman Boulevard near the west side of the Mercer University campus. A 26-year-old woman told deputies her car was damaged from the gunfire, according to one of the incident reports.
A few hours later, a second person was shot in Apartment 14 F. Deputies found 17-year-old De'Angelo Moody lying on a porch with gunshot wounds to his leg and side, according to an incident report. Moody's girlfriend told deputies she jumped into the bushes when three black males, who were wearing all black clothing, stepped out of a dark-colored SUV and shot at Moody, according to the report.
Late Monday afternoon, Davis said a warrant had been taken out for 26-year-old Quentin Rodriguez Brown on charges of aggravated assault in connection with Williams' shooting, officials said.
Davis said many of the individuals thought to be involved in the conflict are members of one or more gangs. However the shootings "started from a personal disagreement," Davis said. "This is not like a gang turf war situation."
"The root cause of (the shootings), I think, is this impulsiveness and this immaturity and failure to stop and think about ... the consequences of ... shooting somebody," Davis said.
"All of the participants are known to each other, and we know who most of the participants are ourselves, but because of reluctance by victims and reluctance by witnesses to come forward and tell what they know, it's difficult right now for us to get ... a warrant on (the suspects)."
The incident is still being investigated, "but this could be solved a whole lot quicker if people would come forward with what they know," Davis said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.
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Telegraph writer Liz Fabian contributed to this report.