Victim shot back during Hill Street incident
by Wes Mayer
The shooting incident in Newnan Wednesday morning actually involved an exchange of gunfire, and two suspects have been taken into custody.
Around 11:30 a.m., officers with the Newnan Police Department responded to the area of Hill Street and Hatcher Street in reference to gunshots coming from the area, which is near Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. According to Officer Scott Kilgore, who was nearby, there were around eight to 10 shots fired in rapid succession.
Officers Joseph Castro, Marty Kaplan and Kilgore quickly arrived at 50 Hill St. and met with the victim, who said he was shot at by people in a grey Dodge Avenger, but nobody was hit. This vehicle was later spotted and stopped by Newnan Police Sgt. Chad Wood and Officer Edward Lee on Cityview Drive, Kilgore said. The two occupants, Taurean Ka’von Morris, 19, and Aryanna Jewel Morris, 18, were both taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault.
The victim told officers he was sitting on his front porch when the two suspects slowly drove past him southbound on Hill Street. According to Kilgore, the victim identified the driver as Aryanna Morris and the passenger, who was sitting in the back seat behind the driver, as “T.” The victim also said “T” was displaying two black handguns when they drove past.
The vehicle then turned around at Mary Ann Street, and the victim told officers he reached inside his door to retrieve his 9mm handgun, Kilgore said. When the suspects drove back past his home, the victim said “T” hung out the window on the driver’s side and began firing both handguns at him over the roof of the vehicle. The victim returned fire and emptied his clip, firing 10 shots. The victim did not know if he struck the suspects.
There were four other witnesses at the residence during the shooting, Kilgore said – two adults and two children, ages 8 and 9. The two other adults both told officers they were asleep at the time of the shooting. Officers also noticed a partially smoked marijuana cigarette lying next to the victim’s handgun.
According to Newnan Police Deputy Chief Rodney Riggs, no bullets were found to have struck the home, but one vehicle on scene was struck at least once.