Witnesses tight-lipped in shooting

COVINGTON - Barshay Drive residents notified the Newton County Sheriff's Office that a rain of gunfire was falling in the parking lot of the Somerset Apartments about 8 p.m. Saturday.

According to an NCSO incident report, at least one of the bullets entered an apartment, going through the front wall, the bedroom and into the closet wall. The shell casing was found on the floor. No one was injured in the shooting.

Two vehicles - a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am and a 1997 Ford Ranger - were also hit by the bullets. The back tire on the passenger's side of the Pontiac was flattened and there were five bullet holes on the driver's side rear fender. The Ranger had one bullet hole on the driver's side rear fender.

NCSO Lt. Bill Watterson said the investigation into the shooting is ongoing, but it appears that the incident was sparked by a verbal altercation at Newton High School on Friday that escalated.

"The investigators have gone out and interviewed as many witnesses as possible, but nobody is willing to tell us who was involved in the initial fight or who the shooter was," Watterson said. "They say they don't know the identity of those involved. Our priority in this case is the person who did the shooting, and we are unable to identify him."

Anyone with information on this incident can call the NCSO at 678-625-1445. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through their Web site at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tip line." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.

A woman called the NCSO about 8 p.m. Sunday and said her son had been shot in the face with a BB gun.

According to NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell, the woman said she and her 10-year-old son were walking on Cedar Ridge Drive when a car drove by and they heard "popping sounds," which, according to the mother, came from a BB gun.

"The victim was struck in the face below his left eye," Mitchell said.

The woman told deputies that the vehicle went to a nearby residence and, upon investigation, deputies found a 16-year-old at the residence, along with a BB gun.

"Through investigation it was discovered, the 16-year-old had indeed shot the BB gun which struck the face of the child," Mitchell said.

The 16-year-old juvenile was taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault and cruelty to children in the second and third degree.

About 3 p.m. Saturday, deputies went to a domestic disturbance on Creekstone Court. While en route, they were informed there was gunfire at the residence, according to NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell.

Mitchell said when deputies arrived, a woman told them her husband had fired a round inside the residence.

Emery Evans, 36, of 185 Creekstone Court was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and battery under the Family Violence Act.

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.