4th suspect arrested in deadly shooting at New Year’s Eve party in Douglasville

Douglasville police Chief Gary Sparks speaks about a New Year's Eve shooting that left a 15-year-old dead during a news conference Tuesday. (Rosana Hughes / Rosana.Hughes@ajc.com)

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Credit: Rosana Hughes

Douglasville police Chief Gary Sparks speaks about a New Year's Eve shooting that left a 15-year-old dead during a news conference Tuesday. (Rosana Hughes / Rosana.Hughes@ajc.com)

Douglasville police have arrested the fourth and final suspect sought on charges tied to a New Year’s Eve shooting that left a 15-year-old dead.

Police announced on social media that 17-year-old Jhabre Michael “Mike” Wilson was taken into custody Wednesday night.

Jhabre Wilson is in custody. We ask that you contact Detective Futch if you have any further information on this case. #onewithourcommunity

Posted by Douglasville Police Department on Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Wilson is facing charges of murder, participation in criminal gang activity, possession of a firearm during certain crimes and five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon stemming from the Dec. 31 shooting.

A Douglasville police spokesman said Wilson turned himself in Wednesday. He remained in custody at the Douglas County jail Thursday. No bond had been set, according to booking records at the jail.

Jhabre Wilson (left) and Davion White are charged with murder in the New Year's Eve shooting death of a 15-year-old boy in Douglasville.

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Credit: Douglasville Police Department

The teen’s arrest came a day after Douglasville police Chief Gary Sparks held a news conference to share details about the shooting and announced the arrests of three other suspects.

As previously reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 70 to 100 partygoers gathered at a Deering Court house that had been rented for the New Year’s Eve bash. Many of them were teenagers who’d heard about the party on social media.

Police said Wilson was among a group of four from Cobb County who showed up to the party in a vehicle driven by 18-year-old Zorree Peeples, the AJC reported. Karea Cowvins, 17, and 20-year-old Davion White were the other passengers in the vehicle.

After staying at the party for some time, the four left and got back into their vehicle. As they were driving away, at least two armed members of the group began shooting in the direction of the party, authorities said. Police said one of the bullets struck and killed the 15-year-old victim, whose name has not been released.

The motive for the shooting remains unclear, but investigators said Tuesday all of the charges are gang-related.

Cowvins and Peeples are being held without bond in the county jail on charges of participating in criminal gang activity and several counts of being party to an aggravated assault.

White was arrested in Oklahoma and has yet to be booked in Douglas County, according to authorities. He will face charges of murder, aggravated assault, Georgia street gang act violations, and various weapons offenses when he’s extradited to Douglasville, police said.

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