By Alton Mitchell
A night of violence erupted on the streets of LaGrange, Georgia last Monday night as two separate shootings plagued the small city and left one man with life changing injuries and a second man deceased of his injuries. Only a week later LaGrange Police have began to round up suspects in connection to the violence of last week.
The first shooting occurred at 8:00 p.m. on last Monday night on Juniper Street in LaGrange. 27-year-old Deontre Johnson was found lying on the floor a residence bleeding from a gunshot wound. LaGrange Police and EMS responded to the scene where they determined the injuries of Johnson were serious. He was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta for treatment.
Johnson was originally listed in critical condition upon arrival to the hospital, but his condition has now been upgraded to stable. The extent of his injuries will have a life long impact on Johnson as medical personnel believe Johnson will be paralyzed from his waist down following the gunshot injury. He is expected to survive. Police indicate they suspect the shooting stemmed from an argument at a party.
On Sunday, a suspect in the case went to speak with LaGrange Police at the LaGrange Police Department where he was booked into custody. Jomo Lindsey, 33, of LaGrange was arrested in connection to the shooting. Lindsey is charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He has been booked into the Troup County Jail.
An hour after the shooting that wounded Johnson, LaGrange Police responded to a shooting at 104 Lady Elaine Street. According to the LaGrange Police Department when officers arrived they found a male identified as Antonio Harris inside of the residence suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest area. EMS members on the scene determined that Harris was deceased on the scene.
LaGrange Police suspect the shots were fired from an unknown person who fired multiple shots from the street outside into the home. Police indicate the home was occupied by Harris, two adult females, and two young children. Harris was the only person injured in the shooting. LaGrange Police have yet to make an arrest in the murder of Antonio Harris. Investigators are offering a reward of $2,000 in connection to the case. Anyone with information should contact Detective Swanson at (706)883-2628 or Troup County CrimeStoppers at (706)812-1000.