1 arrested, 2 sought in fatal shooting outside Clayton County barbershop

Credit: Clayton County Police Department

Credit: Clayton County Police Department

One man has been arrested and police are looking for at least two more people they say were involved in a shooting that killed a teenager at a Clayton County barbershop.

Photos of two suspects were released Wednesday evening, but neither of them has been publicly identified. They are accused in the April 2 death of 18-year-old Anthony McClain outside his family business, Clayton County police said.

A third man, 20-year-old Jaimonnie Watkins-Causey of College Park, was arrested Aug. 16 and is being held in the Clayton jail without bond, online court records show. Watkins-Causey is facing charges of murder, battery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, as well as two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Online jail records indicate that at the time of McClain’s shooting, Watkins-Causey was out on bond after he was arrested in February on drug and theft charges. He was taken into custody during a traffic stop in Panama City, Florida, and has since been extradited to Clayton, police said.

Authorities said there are a total of five to six suspects in the case, but they are still working to obtain pictures of the others. None of their names were released.

The shooting happened at the Da Barbas Lab barbershop in the River Station shopping center off West Fayetteville Road. A group of men got involved in a dispute with one of the barbers, which escalated into a shootout in the parking lot, police said.

As the dispute was happening, McClain stepped outside the shop and into the parking lot, where he was shot, his mother told Channel 2 Action News.

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Norma Huff said in an interview with Channel 2 she thinks her son was walking outside the shop to call her and report the commotion. Instead, she got a call from another barber telling her to come quickly after “something tragic had happened in the shop,” she said.

Another call confirmed her worst fears.

“I said, please tell me, is it my child?” Huff told the news station. “He said, ‘Yes, it is.’”

Investigators are asking the public for help identifying the two other suspects whose photos have been shared.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Andrea Rosas at andrea.rosas@claytoncountyga.gov. Tipsters can remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting the Crime Stoppers website.

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