Second shooting suspect in custody

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Taurean Raven Morris, 19, was charged with aggravated assault and taken into custody without incident.


The second suspect believed to be involved in a recent Newnan shooting turned himself in at the Coweta County Jail.

Taurean Raven Morris, 19, surrendered to authorities on Jan. 15 and was charged with aggravated assault and was being held at the jail without bail. The other suspect Dekarri Marveno Ruffin, 21, is also being held in the county jail without bond.

The shooting occurred the night of Jan. 8 in an apartment on Christian Drive. According to Officer Clifton White in his incident report, officers arrived to find the victim lying against the living room wall with a gunshot wound to his abdomen and possibly another gunshot wound near his upper right underarm. Emergency responders arrived and treated the victim on scene.

The victim was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, underwent surgery and was placed in the Intensive Care Unit, said Sgt. Beatrice Bugg. According to Bugg, the victim still remains at Grady Memorial Hospital — if the victim faces any permanent damage as a result of the assault, Morris and Ruffin may be additionally charged with aggravated battery.

According to White’s statements in the incident report, officers spoke with witnesses in the apartment and were able to determine there were two suspects. The victim’s girlfriend told officers she was in the kitchen when the two male suspects arrived. The victim answered the door, invited the two men inside and a fight erupted a few minutes later. The victim’s girlfriend told officers she heard two gunshots, and the suspects fled out the door.

The victim’s girlfriend was able to identify one of the suspects as Dekarri, according to White, and she told officers what both suspects were wearing.

Another witness also told officers the suspects fled in a small silver or gray vehicle. Ruffin was located Jan. 13 at the Stay Lodge hotel on Millard Farmer Industrial Boulevard, Bugg said. There, he was charged with aggravated assault and taken into custody without incident.

Both suspects and the victim have denied any association with drugs, Bugg said.



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