Peerless Brown
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Polk County mass shooting victim says his cousin ‘didn’t say nothing’ before firing

A man accusing his cousin of a mass shooting in Polk County — which left him injured, two of his family members dead and two others dead — said his cousin didn’t say a word before firing.

Peerless Brown, 20, told Channel 2 Action News that Daylon Delon Gamble, 27, shot him and killed the other four people, including his mother and cousin, on Jan. 24.

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Daylon Delon Gamble, 27, was arrested Jan. 27 in Indiana, according to the GBI and Indianapolis police. Gamble is accused of killing four people in Polk County.
Photo: Indianapolis Metro Police Department

Brown said he was pulling into his driveway on Williamson Street in Rockmart when he saw Gamble knocking on his door. He hadn’t seen Gamble for a few years, but he didn’t expect what happened next.

“When I got out of the car, I asked him what he was doing, and he said nothing,” Gamble told Channel 2. “He shot me — didn’t say nothing.” 

 

Brown said he was shot in the back of the neck, and the bullet went through his jaw and exited under his left eye, Channel 2 reported. He was flown to Atlanta Medical Center. 

After shooting Brown, Gamble entered the home and shot Brown’s mother, 48-year-old Helen Rose Mitchell, and his cousin, 19-year-old Jaequnn Davis, the GBI previously said.

Jaequnn Davis (left), Helen Rose Mitchell
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Brown said Gamble shot Davis outside the house, while his mother was inside. She was shot while trying to escape, he said.

“I ran around the building trying to get my mama out the door, and that’s when she came out, and he shot her, too,” Brown said. 

Gamble also allegedly shot and killed Arkeyla Perry, 24, and Dadrian Cummings, 26, in a home in the 500 block of Rome Street, which is about 300 yards away from Brown’s home.

Dadrian Cummings (left), Arkeyla Perry
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Perry’s mother told Channel 2 she buried her daughter Saturday and still doesn’t know why Gamble allegedly killed her.

“From my understanding, I don’t even think my daughter knew this guy,” she said. “She was a loving person who loved God and her family.”

Gamble was arrested three days later in Indiana by the U.S. Marshals Service and Indianapolis police, AJC.com previously reported. 

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He was extradited to Polk County on Thursday, and he’s faces 18 felonies, the sheriff’s office said. Those charges include four counts of murder, four counts of felony murder, four counts of felony murder, four counts of second-degree murder, one count of aggravated assault and theft by taking.

Daylon Delon Gamble
Photo: Polk County Sheriff's Office

“I ain’t forgiving him because you only get one mama in life, and he took my mama and my cousin,” Brown said.

A GoFundMe page was set up for Brown and his family to help pay for medical bills. As of Tuesday night, it has raised over $500.

Gamble was on parole after being released from state prison in June 2016, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections. He was convicted of attempted armed robbery and burglary in 2011, records show. 

Gamble’s specific relationships to each of the victims is unclear, but authorities believe they were targeted attacks. Some earlier reports said the incident was believed to be gang-related, but Rockmart police Chief Keith Sorrells sent AJC.com a statement that said those reports were “inaccurate and premature.” No other updates on the investigation were provided.

The GBI was called in to help with the investigation. Agency spokeswoman Nelly Miles said there were no updates on the investigation as of Tuesday afternoon. 

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