Hancock shooting

This Lincoln Town Car was one of the cars involved in the shooting at a birthday party early Sunday in the Central Village Community on the outskirts of the city limits of Sparta.

SPARTA, Ga. — A man and a juvenile have been arrested and charged with aggravated assault in connection to the Labor Day weekend shooting that claimed a life and injured six others.

Two others have been arrested and charged with giving false statements. 

According to a press release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Shimu Arkevious Donte Bryant, 22, of Sparta, and a 15-year-old juvenile were charged with aggravated assault. The juvenile was charged on Sunday while Bryant was charged on Tuesday.  

Also arrested on Sunday were Tiffany Barfield, 31, and Tiare El Chambers, 31, both of Gordon, charged with giving false statements.

The GBI was requested by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office to assist with the shooting investigation of multiple people that resulted in one death. At approximately 1:47 a.m. Sunday, a 911 call was received by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office about shots fired at the intersection of Faye and Lee streets in Sparta. Sparta Police Department officers and Hancock County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene. The initial information was that three people were shot. However, it was later determined that four others were driven to the hospital in personal vehicles. 

Sabreal Meshae Taylor, 33, of Sparta, was shot and killed at the scene. Taylor’s body was transported to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy. The six other gunshot victims have also been identified: Johnny Chapple, 35, of Milledgeville; Shanerica Chester, 28, of Milledgeville; Thomas Womble Jr., 29, of Sparta; Ga’Keylo Gaynor, 24, of Tennille; Ramon Lewis, 37, of Covington; and Catavius Reeves, 29, of Milledgeville. Reeves remains in critical condition.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting investigation is asked to call the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office at 706-444-7471 or the GBI at 478-445-4173. 


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