On the morning of the shooting, Long and another suspect, Tyreek Farmer, were involved in a fistfight inside an apartment in the 600 building, according to the warrant. Investigators said Farmer claimed he was pistol-whipped by Long and called in several friends as backup.
They believe Hightower arrived at the complex with five others not long after. He is accused of pulling the trigger when the group confronted Long in a breezeway, according to the warrant. Long’s girlfriend allegedly saw Hightower with the gun and heard the gunshots.
“(The woman) said Teshaun pulled out a turquoise and black handgun out of his pocket,” the warrant states. “(She) ran into the apartment and hid behind the wall next to the door.”
Long later died at a hospital, police said.
With Hightower’s arrest, five of the suspects are now in custody. Hightower, his brother Jeffrey Hightower, Farmer, Tobias Gresham and Antonie Gresham all face murder, aggravated assault and weapons charges in connection with the shooting, according to police.
Teshaun Hightower is also charged with misdemeanor battery after police said he pushed past Long’s girlfriend. Another suspect, Kelvonie Burney, is still at large Monday, and a seventh unidentified man mentioned in Hightower’s arrest warrant has not been named publicly.
Hightower, who is originally from Lithonia, played his senior season at Collins Hill High School and made the AJC all-metro team for Gwinnett County. He went on to play at Mount Zion Prep in Baltimore before enrolling at UGA.
At Tulane, Hightower was the Green Wave’s leading scorer last season. He announced he was entering the NBA draft on April 18, 10 days after the deadly shooting, but said he would return for his senior season if his draft prospects were not favorable.
“I would like to thank God for this opportunity to play the game I love and have the privilege to play,” Hightower said in a statement posted to Twitter. “I want to thank my family, coaches and teammates/brothers for going to battle with me every day throughout this past year. A huge thank you to Green Wave Nation for accepting me in to such a prestigious family.”
The deadly shooting remains under investigation. Anyone with information about the case or Burney’s whereabouts is asked to contact detective S. Harlan at 770-288-8494.
— AJC contributor Todd Holcomb and The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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