Marietta police seek 17-year-old suspected in fatal shooting

Donald Bannister, 17, of Marietta, is wanted on murder charges related to a fatal shooting on June 15.

Credit: Marietta Police Department

Credit: Marietta Police Department

Donald Bannister, 17, of Marietta, is wanted on murder charges related to a fatal shooting on June 15.

A 17-year-old is wanted on a felony murder charge in connection with a fatal shooting that has already led to one arrest, according to Marietta police.

Donald Bannister, of Marietta, is sought in connection with the shooting that led to the death of 30-year-old Norval Bailey on June 15, Marietta police spokesman Officer Chuck McPhilamy said in a news release.

Officers responded to the shooting in the 1100 block of Massachusetts Avenue around 9 p.m. that night, McPhilamy said. At the scene, they found Bailey laying in the street unresponsive with a gunshot wound. He was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

In the hours following the incident, investigators were able to identify three people connected with the shooting and a car that had been used to flee the scene, McPhilamy said. The following morning, Marietta police secured arrest warrants for Bannister and one suspected accomplice, 30-year-old Sherman Johnson.

According to McPhilamy, Marietta police were able to take Johnson into custody in less than 24 hours while investigators found the gun used to shoot Bailey and the suspected getaway car. Johnson was arrested and booked into the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on one count of tampering with evidence. Johnson remains in jail without bond, online records show. Bannister remains at large.

Marietta police have released Bannister’s photo and are now seeking help from the public to locate him. Bannister is described as an identified gang member also known as “Lil Ghost,” and he is considered armed and dangerous, McPhilamy said. Anyone who sees him is asked not to approach him but immediately call 911 instead.

Marietta police have not released the identity of the third person of interest in this case, and they did not specify the gang in which Bannister is a suspected member.

The investigation is still open and anyone with information related to this shooting is asked to call Marietta Police Detective Jenell Parker at 770-794-5398 or Agent Paul Reynolds at 770-794-5583. Tipsters can remain anonymous and still be eligible for a reward by contacting Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404-577-8477.

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