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Local man arrested on Atlanta murder charges

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. – A Social Circle man was arrested and charged with two counts of murder in the Sunday evening shooting at the Masquerade Club, at 50 Lower Alabama St. SW, in Atlanta.

Jonathan Bautista, 23, was apprehended Wednesday in Social Circle by an Atlanta police fugitive task force.

On Nov. 12, sometime after 9:30 p.m., a shooting took place with multiple victims. The suspected shooter, later identified as Bautista, fled the scene.

The two deceased victims have been identified as Ewell Ynoa and Giovan Diaz. One victim was deceased on scene and three additional victims were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where the one person was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The remaining two victims had ankle and foot gunshot wounds.

“The preliminary investigation indicates that the two deceased victims earlier had become rowdy and climbed up onto the stage during the break before the main act appeared,” according to a statement from APD. “Another patron took issue and an argument ensued. This other patron then drew a pistol and shot the two victims as well as toward the ground, most likely striking the additional victims at this time.

“All patrons, including the victims and suspect, fled toward the front exit. The decedents had collapsed near the stairs going up to the exit door. The suspect shooter, still armed, was witnessed by unarmed security but was not successfully detained. The investigation is ongoing.”

Social Circle Police Chief Tyrone Oliver said APD contacted him to let him know they would be serving a warrant in the city, but SCPD was not involved in Bautista’s arrest.

“I do know that he was here at some point, but whether or not they took him into custody, that I’m not sure,” Oliver said. “We knew about it, but we weren’t involved in the arrest process.”

The Masquerade Club’s “Hell” music venue is in the Kenny’s Alley section of Underground Atlanta. 

The Covington News has filed an open records request with the Fulton County Sheriff's Office for Jonathan Bautista's mugshot and booking report. We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.