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UPDATE: Suspect arrested in traveling gunfight
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UPDATE (Nov. 16 9:45 a.m.): The Covington News has learned investigators with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a Covington man for a Nov.6 traveling gunfight that left vehicles and property damaged but no injuries.

Sheriff’s office Spokesman Sgt. Michael Cunningham said Gregory Whiters, 22, was arrested Nov. 8 for the shootings that occurred at 431 Kirkland Road, 386 Jack Neely Road and 47 Windcrest Drive last Monday morning.

Whiters is charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, discharging a firearm near a public highway and criminal damage to property.


COVINGTON, Ga. – Investigators with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office are currently working three different crime scenes after shootouts involving the same people were reported at different three locations earlier today, according to a NCSO spokesperson.

Sgt. Cortney Morrison told The Covington News the trouble started this morning when a resident of Jack Neely Road went to the Arbor Lake Apartments on Kirkland Road to confront some people about some personal belongings.

Morrison said the confrontation reportedly became heated and escalated into a gunfight. The Jack Neely Road resident left the scene and returned home, only to be followed by the subjects from the apartments and a second shootout ensued on Jack Neely Road.

The subjects from the apartments then left the Jack Neely Road scene and were followed by the resident to Windcrest Drive where a third shootout reportedly occurred.

According to Morrison, NCSO received the initial call of a firearm being discharged around 9:30 a.m. She said there have been no reports of any injuries and known property damage so far has been limited to cars.

Morrison said the investigation is still in its preliminary stages. There have been no arrests.