Woman charged with shooting couple during domestic dispute in Covington

Officers responded to the Fieldcrest Walk Apartments about 9 p.m. and found the couple with gunshot wounds.

Officers responded to the Fieldcrest Walk Apartments about 9 p.m. and found the couple with gunshot wounds.

A Covington woman was arrested Thursday after police said she shot her ex and his new girlfriend at the couple’s apartment complex.

Officers responded to the Fieldcrest Walk Apartments shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a call about the double shooting. They found a man who had been shot in the shoulder and a woman inside a wrecked car who had been shot in the head, Covington police spokesman Officer Justin Stott said.

The couple were identified as 20-year-old Deshawn Grayson and his girlfriend, 27-year-old La’Peachah Nash. Officers rendered aid to both victims until paramedics arrived.

They were flown to Atlanta Medical Center, where Nash remained in critical condition Thursday morning.

Police learned the shooting was the result of a domestic dispute and identified the shooter as 22-year-old Dalanna Bailey, authorities said.

“Throughout the investigation, officers discovered that this incident occurred as a result of an argument that took place between the shooter and Grayson,” Stott said in a news release. “Dalanna Bailey arrived at Fieldcrest apartments with her 11-month-old child and got into an argument with Mr. Grayson, her child’s father.”

As Bailey and Grayson argued, Nash attempted to drive away, police said. When she did, Bailey allegedly pulled out a gun and opened fire, striking both Nash and Grayson.

“Ms. Nash was struck in the head as she was driving away from the scene and crashed her car in the parking lot,” Stott said.

After the shooting, Bailey took her child and left the scene in a 2003 Honda Accord, police said.

With the help of a license plate reader, authorities were able to track Bailey to a Knight’s Inn motel on Panola Road in DeKalb County.

After waiting outside the motel for several hours Thursday morning, officers arrested Bailey as she left the room with her child, who was unharmed. Detectives also recovered the gun believed to have been used in the shooting, Stott said.

Aggravated assault charges have been filed against Bailey in connection with the shooting, but police said additional charges are likely. She was booked into the Newton County Jail. AJC.com has requested her mug shot.

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