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9 arrested in connection with Waynesboro drive-by shooting

WAYNESBORO, GA (WFXG) -

Waynesboro police have arrested nine people in connection with a drive-by shooting in April that killed a 26-year-old man. 

The shooting happened around 1 a.m. on April 14 on the 100 block of East 11th Street, Chief Augustus Palmer III said. Mandrekgus Delvin Bonner was found dead at the scene and people who live in the area said they are shocked.

"I was very concerned because we have so many youth and families in this area," Teresa Carter said. "So having the concern for their safety was something that was very important to me."

Six of the suspects are charged with felony murder and aggravated assault. Another charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and a suspect who is being charged with making a false statement.

While she feels a sense of justice has been served, Lizzie White, who has lived in the area for a few years, said it's troubling that both the victim and most of the suspects are all under the age of 30.  

"Whenever we see things such as our children being at that age killing, that's the concern," White said.

Both White and Carter said it is generally a safe neighborhood and a shooting like this is rare.

The following people were arrested: 

  • Keleon Dequon Burdette, 25, is charged with felony murder and aggravated assault. 
  • Clifford Freeman (aka Duce), 25, is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 
  • Travis Antonio Walker, 30, is charged with felony murder and aggravated assault. 
  • Amishia Mells, 22, is charged with false statement. 
  • Joseph Bennett IV (Joseph Hughes), 21, is charged with felony murder and aggravated assault
  • Shaquille Rashad Freeman, 20, is charged with felony murder and aggravated assault. 
  • Levonta Cooper (aka Coop), 21, is charged with felony murder and aggravated assault.
  • Quame Collins, 23, is charged with felony murder and aggravated assault.
  • Leroydrick Jones, 26, is charged with false statement.

Waynesboro police are still looking for two more people in connection with the shooting, Palmer said. 

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