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Shooting of Covington man at Fieldstone View results in arrest

CONYERS -- The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in the shooting at Fieldstone View subdivision Sunday night of a Covington man who is now at an Atlanta trauma center and fighting for his life.

Rashad Ashton Thompson, 19, of 2613 Country Trace, has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with the incident which may have been the result of the suspect getting even with the victim for having shot him several years ago, also at Fieldstone.

The victim is 25-year-old Sandino Aikens of Covington and is believed to have been shot at least four times.

"Deputies and other first responders performed CPR on Aikens, trying to stabilize him enough to be flown by air ambulance to an Atlanta hospital," said RCSO spokesman, Investigator Michael Camp. "However, Aikens was unable to be stabilized enough to be flown so he was ground transported by ambulance to Grady Hospital."

Camp said deputies were called to "a person shot call" at 2536 Fieldstone View Lane just after 7 p.m. Upon arrival deputies found the victim laying on the ground, shot multiple times and losing consciousness.

Witnesses gave a description of the shooter and told deputies that he walked away from the scene and was last seen behind Fieldstone View Lane on Country Trace.

RCSO deputies and investigators learned the name and address of the suspect and went to his home and arrested him around 7:30 p.m.

"The handgun believed to have been used in the shooting was also recovered," Camp said.

The investigation into the incident is on-going, but Camp said it appears that the shooting was "retaliatory in nature," stemming from a 2008 shooting in which the tables were turned -- Thompson was the victim and Aikens was the shooter.

"On Dec. 5, 2008, the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office investigated a shooting in the same subdivision as Sunday night's shooting in which Rashad Thompson, then 15 years old, was shot in the chest by Sandino Aikens, then 21 years old," Camp said.

Aikens was charged with aggravated assault for that shooting. He pled guilty in June 2010 and was sentenced to five years in prison, with credit for time already served in the Rockdale County Jail while awaiting trial. He was paroled from state prison in June 2011.

"Early indications are that Thompson was upset that Aikens was already out of prison and shot him in retaliation for being shot by Aikens in 2008," Camp said.

“This is another case of a violent criminal being quickly apprehended by the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Eric Levett. “Deputies and investigators had the suspect in custody just 30 minutes after the shooting. They should be commended for their actions.”