Shooting probe continues

COVINGTON - The investigation into the Monday morning shooting of three people in a subdivision in south Newton County continues, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

"No arrests have been made in relation to the shooting," NCSO spokesman Lt. Tyrone Oliver said.

One man was killed and two others were injured in the shooting that occurred about 9:45 a.m. Calvin Kentrell Banks, 34, of 45 Appia Way was found dead at this home. An unidentified man and an unidentified teenage girl are both still recovering in the hospital, Oliver said.

One of those victims notified 911 that the shooting had taken place, Oliver said previously.

"There was another person present who fled the scene," Oliver said, adding that the individual was a man and investigators are now seeking him as "a person of interest. We don't know if he was the actual shooter or if he left because he was scared."

Cedar Creek subdivision, where the shooting occurred, is about 1.5 miles south of Covington on Ga. Highway 36. The subdivision is made up mostly of small ranch and split-level homes.

"The victim had just moved in within the week," Oliver said.

He declined to give the caliber of the gun used in the shootings, but said investigators have not yet recovered it.

"It has not been located. We don't know if someone out there still has it or it's somewhere else," he said.

Also, Oliver said investigators found no drugs inside the home during their preliminary investigation and did not know the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

According to Coroner Tommy Davis, Banks' autopsy results received Tuesday afternoon showed death was caused by "multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of death was homicide."

Oliver said NCSO investigators are "working diligently" on this incident, as well as an incident that occurred in the early morning hours Sunday in which five teenagers were shot during a party. None received life-threatening injuries.

Investigators discovered there were "several hundred people" at the party at 10 Trelawney Lane in the Trelawney subdivision off Brown Bridge Road. It is unknown if there was more than one shooter, but a witness said an uninvited guest came to the party, was asked to leave, but returned and started shooting.

In other news, a 69-year-old man died Friday afternoon about 5 p.m. at Kroger on Salem Road.

According to a NCSO incident report, the man was in the store with his daughter when he fell, striking his head.

An off-duty deputy who was working security at the store summoned aid for the man and two women attempted to perform CPR. He was transported to Newton Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The daughter said he had just been released from Newton Medical's emergency room where he was seen for blood pressure problems. She stated that his health had been declining.

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