Sinkfield third man to die in Newnan gunfire
by Wes Mayer
Wednesday’s shooting victim, Reginald Lamont Sinkfield, is now the third man to lose his life to gun violence in Newnan within the last week.
The two other men, Darian Person and Gregory Marquel Anderson, were both shot and killed on March 25 on Hill Street in Newnan. Sinkfield was found only about seven houses away from where Person and Anderson were located.
Person’s and Anderson’s funerals were both on Sunday.
Kamikie Wilkins, 23, is now in the Coweta County Jail and has been charged with two counts of felony murder for the fatal shooting of Person and Anderson. Wilkins was also injured by a gunshot wound to his leg, and was found and taken into custody by authorities at Atlanta Medical Center.
Another suspected shooter, Walter Lee Ponder Jr., 26, who is believed to be responsible for the assault and battery of Vantorious Krishad Dixon on Saturday, is also in the Coweta County Jail. Authorities responded to a shooting at the 400-block of Howard Hughes Road around 2:52 a.m. and found Dixon in the street. Not only was Dixon shot multiple times, but authorities believe Ponder ran him over with his vehicle.
A party was going on at the Howard Hughes Road home where Dixon was critically injured, and according to authorities with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, the party was meant to raise money for the funeral services of Person and Anderson. However, according to one of the victim’s mothers, the family knew nothing of this party or donations, and funeral arrangements were completed and funded with the help of family and friends before this incident occurred.
Ponder was located in Carrollton on Tuesday and charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle and a violation of probation. Dixon is still in critical condition at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and has undergone numerous surgeries.
Two other victims of gun violence within the last week are also still recovering in the hospital. The first man who was shot on March 25, Jerome Greir Jr., is reported to be doing well at the Atlanta Medical Center, according to Newnan Police Chief Douglas “Buster” Meadows. Greir was shot more than once on Lovelace Street on Newnan’s west side around 1 p.m. by two or three suspects.
Another man, who was shot during an argument over a lawnmower in Senoia, was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital Tuesday. Although the argument is not believed to be connected in any way to the previous Newnan area shootings, the incident did raise the number of people injured to six.
The fatal shooting of Sinkfield Wednesday makes seven shooting victims either dead or wounded.