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Lithonia man charged in Thanksgiving Day shooting

CONYERS -- The suspect sought in the Thanksgiving Day shooting of a Conyers man is in custody and charged with aggravated assault.

Lt. Jackie Dunn with the Conyers Police Department said Marcus Mandela Campbell, 19, of 69 Treeview Drive K, Lithonia, turned himself in Sunday at the Rockdale County Jail.

According to police, Campbell and two other men drove to the entrance of Meadow Crossing apartments off Irwin Bridge Road Thanksgiving morning where they met the 21-year-old victim who was in his car with a male juvenile.

The victim told police that he met Campbell to sell him half an ounce of marijuana. The victim said that Campbell got in the passenger seat of the car and when he showed Campbell the bag of marijuana, Campbell grabbed the bag and shot him.

The victim was shot three times -- in the right wrist, right chest and the right side of his face.

According to police reports and witness statements, the two men who arrived in the car with Campbell fled on foot toward Irwin Bridge Road. Campbell left in his car, according to police reports, and the male juvenile ran to Laurel Court where he was found by police and questioned about the incident.

According to Dunn, police do not anticipate any charges against the two men who were with Campbell or the juvenile who was with the victim.

"We have identified and interviewed the people that were with the suspect, which are non-charged individuals," Dunn said. "I don't think they were aware of what was going to happen, and we had phone records that all led back to (Campbell)."

Police recovered a bag of marijuana and a semi-automatic handgun at the scene of the shooting. Dunn said earlier it had not been determined if it was the gun used in the shooting.

In other police news, Dunn said a man walking along Renaissance Drive Wednesday evening was held up and robbed of $20.

Dunn said a black male -- described as 6 feet tall, weighing approximately 150 pounds, and wearing a red plaid shirt, light-colored blue jeans and black cloth gloves -- approached the victim, displayed a semi-automatic pistol with wood grips tucked into his waistband, and demanded money. The incident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. in the 1500 block of Renaissance Drive.

Police were called and set up a perimeter and conducted a K-9 officer track without success, Dunn said.

Dunn added that the victim did not know the suspect and was not injured in the incident.