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Newton Sheriff's Office looking into shooting in Wilshire Walk subdivision

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting incident in the Wilshire Walk subdivision, located off Brown Bridge Road, just behind Walmart.

According to NCSO Public Information Officer Deputy Cortney Morrison, a deputy was parked in the Walmart parking lot Friday around 8:30 p.m. when he heard gunshots. As he left the parking lot, 911 dispatch relayed that they had received a call from 35 Wilshire Walk regarding shots fired.

"Upon arrival the deputy spoke to the victim who said his girlfriend had called him from the house and said his cousin and an unknown black male were at the house and wanted to talk to him," Morrison said.

The victim, 24, told deputies he went back to his house at 35 Wilshire Walk and as he was getting out of his vehicle in the driveway, the unknown black male shot at him twice with a handgun. He said the shooter was in the driveway, standing in front of the door to the residence.

The victim ran inside the house and at that time saw his cousin kick the passenger side rear window out of his vehicle.

"The two left in a blue four-door vehicle traveling toward Brown Bridge Road," Morrison said.

The shooting may have occurred due to a disagreement over money that was allegedly owed to the suspects.

Two bullet holes were found in the passenger side panel of the victim's vehicle and evidence was collected at the scene. Morrison said no one was arrested that day, but an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

In other crime news, Covington Police are searching for shoplifters they believe are responsible for stealing almost $3,000 worth of cigarettes from CVS on U.S. Highway 278.

Officers were dispatched to the store around 8 p.m. Monday when the assistant manager notified them that two big boxes of cigarettes had been taken from behind the counter.

The cashier said a balding black male, wearing red scrubs entered the store around 7:30 and asked to see a car charger for a cell phone. The cashier said she had to leave her post to open the cabinet containing the chargers which was three aisles away from the checkout counter.

"(The cashier) said while she was helping the black male in the red scrubs, another employee noticed someone walking out of the store with two big cardboard boxes," the CPD incident report states. "(The two employees) went to the front door, but saw no one. Around that same time the black male in the red scrubs left the store without purchasing anything."

Video revealed the two suspects entered the store separately and left separately. The man who left with the boxes of cigarettes was wearing a green shirt and a green hat.

The actual value of the cigarettes was $2,743.12.

A 38-year-old Covington woman faces charges of aggravated assault after she allegedly swung an axe at her housemate.

Morrison said around 3 p.m. Monday deputies answered a call regarding a domestic dispute at 5133 Ga. Highway 20 between a 46-year-old man and Melanie Skelton, who both live at the address.

The victim told deputies that he and Skelton got into an argument and she was saying things that weren't making any sense.

"When he went outside to talk to her, he said she began yelling and swung an axe at him. He was able to wrestle it away from her and she went inside," Morrison said. "When deputies arrived Melanie came out of the house toward a deputy's vehicle and said, 'Yeah, I swung an axe at him. Go ahead and take me away.'"

She was arrested and taken to the Newton County Detention Center. The deputy who transported her reported that on the way to the jail she told him that she feels like she is being watched by the government.

A couple reported to the CPD that they were scammed out of $100 in the parking lot of Don's Superette on U.S. Highway 278.

The husband told officers that his wife was approached by a black male wanting to sell her an Apple iPad.

"She told him to check with her husband who was in the store. The black male then stopped (the victim) as he was getting ready to exit the store and asked if he would like to purchase an iPad tablet,"the incident report states. "(The victim) followed him to a silver Cadillac that was parked next to Pump #7."

The victim said the suspect showed him an Express Mail envelope that appeared to have a white Apple iPad inside it. He also had two other envelopes and said he wanted to sell all three for $300. The victim struck a deal with him to buy one of the iPads for $100, but said when he handed the man the money and he took it, the Cadillac sped off out of the parking lot driven by an older black male. He was left without his money and no iPad.

The suspect is described as approximately 35 to 40 years old, about 6 feet tall and wearing a green shirt.

The CPD is also looking into a burglary complaint from the owner of an industrial business located off Washington Street who said that his business had been vandalized and broken into several times. He said he had located some of the stolen items after he was told about a "camp" near where the railroad tracks meet Lakeview Drive.

The man said some young boys told him about the location where they said their older siblings hung out.

The business owner said 20 fire extinguishers, several hand tools, some wood and other small items had been taken. The shift manager of the business went to the "camp" and found the items and brought some of them back to the business. However, the fire extinguishers will have to be replaced due to safety concerns at a cost of approximately $5,500 and he estimated the cost of the other items to be around $500.