Police search for suspects in drive-by
House, truck damaged

COVINGTON - Newton County Sheriff's Office investigators are seeking the suspect or suspects who apparently drove by a residence on Ga. Highway 162 in the early morning hours and fired shots into the house.

According to NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell, just before 1:30 a.m. Sunday, deputies were called to the residence at 882 Ga. 162 after the homeowner reported shots were being fired at his home.

"Deputies arrived and were advised by the reporting party that someone unknown to him had shot at his house and the truck in his driveway from the street," Mitchell said. "Other witnesses were not able to see who was shooting."

Mitchell said the only information witnesses could give investigators was that the shots may have come from a 1990s model two-door Chevrolet Monte Carlo. No other identifying characteristics, including color, were given.

Mitchell said no one was hurt in the incident, although bullet holes were discovered in both the house and the victim's vehicle.

About two weeks ago, two suspects were arrested following a drive-by shooting with a pellet gun into a home on Long Creek Court in Covington.

According to an incident report completed by Deputy Autumn Utt, witnesses said around midnight on July 27, "a black car with a body kit, custom exhaust and fluorescent lights" drove by the house and the passenger fired multiple rounds. Deputies found evidence of rounds striking both vehicles and the house.

"There were four pellet holes in the front porch vinyl siding. There were five pellet marks on the front door of the residence. There was one pellet dent in the right rear passenger side of a van parked in the driveway. The back windshield of an SUV in the driveway was completely shattered," the incident report stated.

Four people were at home when the incident occurred, but no one was injured.

From witness statements investigators were able to develop information on suspects who were later arrested, Mitchell said.

Charged with aggravated assault and criminal damage to property in connection with the incident were Johnquez Devonte Barnes, 17, 165 Long Creek Drive and Daquan M. Marsh, 19, of 25 Long Creek Drive.

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