In stable condition
Drug dealer shot in head
by Wes Mayer
A man selling drugs who was shot in the head in a neighborhood just west of Newnan late Wednesday is in stable condition.
The shooting occurred before 11 p.m. on the 100 block of Skylark Circle off Wallace Gray Road, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. The victim, Emmett Jermaine Beasley, 38, parked his vehicle in the driveway of 10 Skylark Circle and was sitting in a lawn chair outside to sell drugs to interested buyers, Yarbrough said.
In the dark, three or four suspects approached Beasley from behind, and the shooter fired one shot, hitting Beasley in the face.
Because Beasley was sitting down, the shooter fired at a downward angle, Yarbrough said. The bullet entered Beasley’s cheek, exited beneath his jaw and re-entered his chest. Beasley was able to run from his attackers down the street, and a passerby riding on his bicycle — believed to have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time — was pistol-whipped in the face by the shooter before the suspects fled, Yarbrough said.
When residents of the home on Skylark Circle heard the gunshot, they escaped through a bedroom window and called Coweta 911 when they realized they were not in immediate danger.
According to Yarbrough, Deputy Trent Hastings was the first to arrive on scene, and he discovered Beasley lying in the street and applied pressure to his wounds. Life Flight was contacted, and Beasley was airlifted by a helicopter ambulance to Atlanta Medical Center around 11:15 p.m.. As of Thursday, Beasley was reported to be in a stable condition.
The other victim was also nearby with a red mark on his face, Yarbrough said. He refused medical attention.
At this time, it is unclear whether the suspects were robbing Beasley or if they had other motives, Yarbrough said. Beasley was wearing a grey hoodie, and deputies found his pockets filled with small bags of cocaine and larger bags of marijuana. Around $300 in cash, bloodied and scattered along the street, was also collected.
Beasley will be charged for possession of marijuana and cocaine with intent to distribute when he is released from the hospital, Yarbrough said. Investigator Mark Callahan is leading the case and investigators are following up on some street names and nicknames to possibly identify the suspects. They are wanted for aggravated assault and aggravated battery.