COVINGTON -- Two men were shot at a party on Harville Road around 2:15 Saturday morning, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.
Three men have been arrested in connection with the incident. The suspects and their charges are Cedric Hill, 28, of 90 Ridge Ct., who is also known to live on Oxford Road, charged with two counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and the possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; Lorenzo Lamar Shipley, 25, who gave a post office box for an address, but is known to live in the Green Acres area, charged with being a party to the crime of aggravated assault; and Charles Cornell Devoes, 21, of 2221 South Emory St., charged with two counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
NCSO spokesman Lt. Tyrone Oliver said the victims were two men, ages 18 and 27.
The incident happened at a party at 155 Harville Road, near Springhill Drive and Mote Road, where more than 100 people were present. The party was taking place at a barn in the back of the property.
"A large crowd was there partying when a verbal altercation began and it resulted in two people being shot," Oliver said, adding that investigators do not know what sparked the argument. "Cedric Hill brandished a handgun, fired and struck the two victims. Mr. Devoes also presented a weapon and waved it around at the crowd, but didn't fire. Mr. Shipley was there and they all fled together."
Oliver said the 18-year-old victim was shot twice in the upper torso area and is listed in critical condition at an Atlanta hospital.
The 27-year-old victim was shot once and transported to an Atlanta hospital where he was treated and released.
Oliver said it is believed that the two men who were shot were the intended targets.
NCSO investigators received an anonymous tip as to the whereabouts of the three suspects and they were apprehended about 10 p.m. Saturday at an Atlanta hotel with assistance from the U.S. Marshal's Office.
Oliver said the investigation into the incident was still "very active and ongoing even though we have three suspects in custody."