Response to recent shootings
Outdoor prayer service Tuesday
by Wes Mayer
In light of the recent gun violence in Newnan and Coweta County, a local ministry has decided to host a prayer service Tuesday at a downtown Newnan park.
“With everything that is going on in Newnan, we want the community to come together as one,” said Dana Roberson, pastor at Healing Waters Outreach Ministry, the ministry hosting the service.
The service will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday in First Avenue Park, Roberson said. She hopes multiple leaders and members of the community will attend the service, make a petition to God and put prayer over the city. Roberson said she expects the service to last around an hour.
“The main purpose is taking this city back,” Roberson said. “Too many innocent lives are being lost to nonsense.”
Roberson, who is a pastor at Healing Waters Outreach Ministry with her husband, Jesse, said none of the victims involved in the recent shootings were members of their ministry, but there are several members who live in the area of the shootings. The three men who have been killed as a result of gun violence were found on Hill Street and Mary Ann Street – very close to each other.
For the prayer service, Roberson quoted a verse from the Bible, Matthew 11:12 – “ … the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.”
Since March 25, several shootings have occurred in Newnan and Coweta County – three men have lost their lives, two are in jail, and four have been injured.
On March 25, around 6:45 p.m., Darian Person and Gregory Marquel Anderson were allegedly shot and killed by Kamikie Wilkins on Hill Street in a neighborhood off Martin Luther King Jr. Drive on Newnan’s east side. Wilkins was also injured with a gunshot wound to the leg. Wilkins was later found at Atlanta Medical Center, was charged with two counts of murder, and is now in the Coweta County Jail.
Another shooting occurred earlier March 25 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 ongoing and Newnan authorities are looking for the suspects.
The next shooting happened March 29 when Walter Lee Ponder Jr. is suspected of shooting and running over Vantorious Krishad Dixon in his vehicle in the Howard Hughes Road area north of Newnan. Ponder was found in Carrollton on April 1, was charged with aggravated battery and aggravated assault, and is now in the Coweta County Jail. Dixon is still in critical condition and has undergone numerous surgeries at Grady Memorial Hospital.
A non-related shooting 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.
The most recent shooting in Newnan claimed the life of Reggie Lamont Sinkfield, 31. Around 2 a.m. Wednesday, officers with the Newnan Police Department responded to 9 Mary Ann St. in reference to a person being shot, and when they arrived, they found Lamont lying between homes with a gunshot wound to his chest. Mary Ann Street is in the same east side neighborhood where Person and Anderson were fatally shot.
According to witnesses, two men were running behind the residences before a gunshot was heard. Witnesses were able to give authorities a basic description of the suspect, but the shooter has not yet been identified.
Sinkfield’s funeral service will be in the chapel of Roscoe Jenkins Funeral Home on Newnan Crossing Bypass at noon Tuesday. A viewing will be held Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
The Newnan Police Department asks anyone with any information to call the department at 770-254-2355, the police department’s crime tip line at 770-254-2350 or by reporting a crime tip online at http://www.ci.newnan.ga.us/business/police/crime_prevention_programs.php. Tips may be made anonymously.