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Newton Sheriff's Office investigates drive-by shooting and other incidents

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office is investigating several instances of aggravated assault involving firearms, including a drive-by shooting Friday night.

One arrest has been made in the drive-by shooting and more are expected, according to NCSO Public Information Officer Deputy Courtney Morrison.

Sadarrius Deonta Shepherd, 19, of 81 Anderson Road, has been charged with aggravated assault, reckless conduct and pointing a gun or pistol at another in connection with the incident.

Morrison said the victim in the shooting said he had been at a family barbecue in Porterdale with his girlfriend and her family when an altercation broke out between him and one of those in attendance at the party.

"After the victim left and went back home, he said he parked and was walking around the side of the house when he heard multiple gunshots from the street," Morrison said, adding that he was with another individual and both of them fell to the ground when they heard the shots. "He said he heard seven to 10 shots."

The victim was able to identify the vehicle involved and identify the occupants of the car, Morrison said.

When deputies investigated, they were able to locate the 1996 white Toyota believed to be the car the suspects were in and questioned several of them.

Although the victim was not injured in the shooting, the glass in the front door of his home at 175 Brown Road was shattered as a result of the shooting.

"The investigation into this incident is ongoing and more charges are expected," Morrison said.

In other crime news, deputies were summoned to 10178 Allen Drive on Monday around 9 p.m. after the resident there said "several guys" showed up at his house trying to fight him.

"They were brandishing bats, a knife and one had a gun," Morrison said. "The victim ran away from his house and the suspects gave chase. As he was running through several yards, he went to jump a fence and one of the males grabbed his arm and cut him with a box cutter."

Morrison said deputies observed several small cuts to the 27-year-old victim's arm, but he refused medical treatment.

The case is still under investigation and no arrests have been made yet, she said.

Earlier Monday deputies were called to Potts Grocery on Ga. Highway 36 by the grandparents of a grown woman who who wanted to meet an NCSO deputy there. They told the deputy their granddaughter had called them and said her father had pulled a gun and shot at a man who was a guest in their home.

The home where the shooting occurred is at 80 Fincher Lane. The father and the guest had allegedly gotten into an argument and the father pulled out a .45-caliber black handgun and shot at the other man.

"She said the bullet went by the guest's head and lodged into the ceiling," Morrison said. "That case is still under investigation, as well."