Police arrest 4 from Covington in Monroe shooting

Photo by Mark Lammers

Photo by Mark Lammers

COVINGTON -- Four Covington residents have been arrested in connection with a shooting spree that injured one and damaged property in Monroe on Wednesday night, according to the Monroe Police Department.

MPD spokesperson Lt. Alicia Chandler said the investigation into the shooting, which occurred about 9:40 p.m. in the area of Springer Street, is ongoing and additional charges are likely.

A 32-year-old man was shot in the leg and transported to Walton Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Arrested and charged in connection with the shooting were Darnell C. Nolley, 23; Rodricus Walton, 20; China Fields, 18; and Elijah Shuler, 18; all of Covington, and all charged with aggravated assault. Fields and Shuler have also been charged with being a party to a crime.

"We were able to find out that the main shooter was Darnell Nolley ... Rodricus Walton is also being charged with aggravated assault as one of the shooters," Chandler said. "The two other arrests ... they were involved, but did not have guns."

Fields and Shuler were arrested after a GSP trooper spotted the vehicle believed to have been used by the shooters in Social Circle and attempted to make a traffic stop. Nolley and another man fled the vehicle on foot.

A manhunt involving multiple police agencies was begun and U.S. Marshals arrested Nolley and Walton at a Conyers hotel Friday about 6 p.m.

"We had been following different leads and one of the leads led to some surveillance which revealed they were at the hotel," Chandler said, adding that agencies involved in tracking down the suspects included the Social Circle Police Department, the Georgia State Patrol, the U.S. Marshals, Newton County Sheriff's Office, the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. "There was a lot of really great coordination to get these guys in custody."

She said the investigation into the matter is ongoing and detectives are still looking into what led up to the shooting.

"But we do know who was involved," she said. "There were several shots fired and bullets went through innocent people's homes and one hit 1 inch above a little girl's bed. Luckily she wasn't in her bed, but had she been there, this would be a very different story. They had absolutely zero regard for the safety of anyone in that area."