Suspect in Mary Ann St. shooting remains at large

by Wes Mayer

Newnan authorities are still searching for the suspect involved in the fatal shooting of Reginald Lamont Sinkfield early Wednesday.

Around 2 a.m., officers with the Newnan Police Department responded to the area of 9 Mary Ann Street in reference to a person being shot. At the scene, officers found the 31-year-old Sinkfield lying in a field between the homes at 9 and 11 Mary Ann Street – he had a single bullet wound to the center of his chest.

According to witnesses, two men were heard running behind the residences on Mary Ann Street before one gunshot was heard. Witnesses were able to tell authorities what the suspect was wearing, along with his height and weight, but the suspect has not yet been identified.

Newnan Police Chief Douglas “Buster” Meadows said Thursday that the investigation is ongoing and authorities are in the process of interviewing possible witnesses. Meadows asked anyone with any information to call the Newnan Police Department at 770-254-2355, the police department’s crime tip line at 770-254-2350 or by reporting a crime tip online at Tips may be made anonymously, he said.

Sinkfield’s funeral plans are incomplete. Roscoe Jenkins Funeral Home Inc. in Newnan is handling arrangements.

— In response to the recent shootings over the last week in Newnan and Coweta, on Tuesday, a prayer service will be hosted by Healing Waters Outreach Ministry at First Avenue Park just south of the Newnan business district.

The prayer service, to be led by the ministry’s pastors, Jesse and Dana Roberson, is meant to bring the community together. Roberson hopes different leaders in the community will come together to pray and make a petition to God.

“The main purpose is taking this city back,” Dana Roberson said. “Too many innocent lives are being lost to nonsense.”

Roberson quotes a passage from Matthew – “The kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.”

Roberson said that while she did not know the victims, several members of the ministry live in the area of Hill Street and Mary Ann Street – near Pinson Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive – where Darian Person, Gregory Marquel Anderson and Sinkfield were fatally shot.

On March 25, two shootings occurred. The first was on Lovelace Street on the city’s west side around 1 p.m. Jerome Greir Jr. was injured with multiple gunshot wounds. Greir is reported to be recovering at Atlanta Medical Center. The investigation in this shooting is also ongoing and Newnan authorities are looking for the suspects.

Around 6:45 p.m., the second shooting occurred on Hill Street on the city’s east side. During a gunfire exchange, Person and Anderson were fatally shot, and Kamikie Wilkins was injured with a gunshot wound to the leg. Wilkins is now in the Coweta County Jail and charged with two counts of murder.

Walter Lee Ponder Jr. is also in the Coweta County Jail, charged with aggravated battery and aggravated assault for shooting Vantorious Krishad Dixon early Saturday in the Howard Hughes Road area north of Newnan. After shooting Dixon, Ponder allegedly ran him over with his car. Dixon is still in critical condition and has undergone numerous surgeries at Grady Memorial Hospital.

A non-related shooting also occurred in Senoia Tuesday afternoon during an argument over a lawn mower. The victim suffered from gunshot wounds to his left thigh and ankle, and is recovering at Grady. The suspect, Michael Eure Hanson, turned himself in to Coweta authorities Wednesday night.

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