Update: Monroe man arrested in connection with July 6 shooting in Social Circle

Update

Social Circle Police Chief Tyrone Oliver announced an arrest in the July 6 shooting on an 18-year-old man in Social Circle.

Jaquavius Devanta Austin, 23, of Monroe, was arrested at about 5 p.m. on July 11, 2017 on Holly Street. Oliver said the arrest came after search/arrest warrants were executed on Holly Street in Social Circle and on Maple Street in Monroe in connection with the shooting. The Social Circle Police Department were assisted by members  of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe Police Department, Georgia Department of Community Supervision and the Walton County District Attorney’s Office.

“Austin is currently being held at the Walton County Jail on three felony warrants for aggravated assault, possession of firearm during a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon,” Oliver said in a press release. “Jaquavius Austin is accused of being on Holly street and shooting a gun multiple times during the July 6th incident.”

Walnut Grove High School graduate Tydre Colquitt, 18, of Social Circle sustained a gunshot wound on July 6, 2017, and was taken by car to Piedmont Newton Hospital from where he was then to an Atlanta area hospital by air in a critical condition. His condition has since been upgraded to stable.

Oliver said it has been intensive investigation to date and the investigation is still active.

“We are still encouraging anyone with information to call the police department 770-464-2366 or contact investigator Jett atmjett@socialcirclega.com or 678-243-8680,” Oliver said.

Update

Social Circle Police Chief Tyrone Oliver three people have been charged with making false statements in connection with Thursday’s Holly Street shooting.

Charged are:

  • Bryson Brown 17, of Monroe, GA
  • Markevious Carr 17, of Monroe, GA
  • Degarrious Smith 21, of Monroe, GA

Oliver said the Police Department is still actively working this investigation. He would like to thank everyone who has called or came by to give information, but the department is still encouraging anyone with information to call the police department 770-464-2366 or contact investigator Jett at mjett@socialcirclega.com or 678-243-8680.

“Through the investigation we know that incident occurred between known offenders and was not a random act of violence.” Oliver said, adding that more information will be released as and when it becomes available.

Oliver said the condition of the victim, who is a Walnut Grove graduate, has been upgraded to stable.

Initial story

Social Circle Police Chief Tyrone Oliver said a man who was taken to Piedmont Newton General Hospital with a gunshot wound was determined to have been shot in Social Circle.

“He was taken to Piedmont Newton General Hospital by person vehicle and was then transported by air to an Atlanta hospital where he is in a critical condition,” Oliver said. He reported that Social Circle Police Department received a call at about 4 a.m. this morning, July 6, 2017, in reference to a person shot at Piedmont Newton Emergency Room. “According to Covington Police, when they arrived at the hospital it was determined that the incident occurred on Holly Street in Social Circle and that the victim was driven to the hospital by a friend.  Social Circle Police responded to Holly Street and upon arrival officers located several shell casing in the roadway.”

Oliver said that the victim, identified as Tydre Colquitt, 18, of Social Circle sustained a gunshot wound to his torso area and was transported from Piedmont Newton to an Atlanta area hospital by air listed in critical condition.

This is still an active investigation with assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Walton County District Attorney’s Office and Walton County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene. Authorities are  encouraging anyone with information relating to this case to call the Social Circle Police Department at 770-464-2366 or email Investigator Jett at mjett@socialcirclega.com

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