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Posted: July 1, 2009 12:00 a.m.

Signs of struggle

One killed, 2 more shot on Monday morning

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Shots rang out in a home in the Cedar Creek subdivision Monday morning, and when deputies arrived at the residence, they found three people shot - one of whom died later that day.

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to a home on Appia Way off Ga. Highway 36 at 9:43 a.m. from two separate people - a man and a woman - both inside the residence at the time.

When they arrived, they found portions of the home in disarray, a front bedroom window with the screen knocked out and the blinds mangled and partially pulled out into the front yard and three people shot.

Two men and one juvenile teenage female were rushed to area hospitals. Later that day, 34-year-old Calvin Kentrell Banks, one of the rental home's residents, later died from his injuries. The two other victims are still being treated for their injuries in area hospitals. It appears that the juvenile female is the daughter of Banks, according to NCSO Lt. Tyrone Oliver.

According to Oliver, Banks had moved into the home no more than a week prior to his death. It is unclear how many people actually lived at the home at the time, but it appeared to be just Banks and a girlfriend.

At the time of the shooting, there were several people inside the home. There was no sign of forced entry into the house and it appears that the perpetrator or perpetrators were let into the home by someone inside. A struggle appeared to have taken place in the living room, hallway and a bedroom of the home.

Investigators are currently canvassing the neighborhood, and although they have some they consider "person(s) of interest" in custody, no one has been charged with the crime as of press time. Motive has not been established yet.

In what may or may not be a separate incident, a young man was arrested outside of a Dollar General store less than a mile from the home. Charges against him have not been released, but there were several large plastic bags of what appeared to be marijuana found in that area. The man has not been charged in the shooting and it is unclear if he has anything to do with the incident on Appia Way.

The investigation is ongoing and no further details are available at this time. Oliver asks that anyone with information contact the NCSO at (678) 625-1400 or online at www.newtonsheriffga.org. Tips can be left anonymously.


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