Americus shooting, burglary suspect arrested

Americus shooting, burglary suspect arrested
Investigators were able to track Smith to a house on 129 South Dudley Street.
Investigators were able to track Smith to a house on 129 South Dudley Street.

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - The Sumter County Sheriff says the man they believe shot another man at Sunset Park in Americus and was involved in a burglary at a pawn shop just weeks before has been arrested.

Jarkeeys Leeshard Smith, 20, of Americus was arrested Tuesday, at 129 south Dudley Street in Americus.

Officials said Smith shot 24-year-old Walter Carter just before 1:30 a.m. Friday at a home on Rainbow Terrace in Americus.

"I say he shot like 5 times and then he stopped and the next one he started he just them let all go," said Chris Stone.

Authorities said Jarkeeys Smith shot more than a dozen bullets at Carter. One hit Carter in the back and the other 12 went all over the street.

"Three bullets hit my house. And I told her to get on the floor because I thought somebody was shooting at us. I didn't know what was going on," said Stone.

The shooting took place in the middle of the road, and Smith was on the run for the last four days.

Investigators were able to track Smith to the house on S. Dudley street about 10 minutes from Rainbow Terrace.

Sheriff Pete smith says they could not have done it without help from other agencies.

"Without the Marshal's assistance, I don't know that we would have been able to apprehend and we wanted to try and get him as quick as we could before anyone else got hurt," said Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith.

Luckily Jarkeeys Smith didn't hurt anybody else, but the Sheriff's goal is to get any criminal like this off the streets.

"You can't have lawlessness. You can't allow people to just do things the way they want to do them. When human life doesn't mean anything, I mean, even though he's probably a poor shot, you shoot at somebody 13 times, your intent is to kill him," said Sheriff Smith.

The victim, Walter Carter, was initially expected to make a full recovery, but he was taken to a hospital in Macon for surgery after problems with internal bleeding.

Investigators have not released a motive for the shooting.

Police say Smith was also in a wild smash-and-grab at American Pawn Shop in Americus three weeks earlier.

Investigators said surveillance video showed Smith and a partner driving a stolen car into the store and stealing seven guns.

A 16-year-old suspect was arrested shortly after the burglary.

The store's owner said he is happy to have the case closed.

"They're no longer a threat to any of us or anybody else. Obviously anybody that will drive through a store to steal guns is people that we probably would prefer not to be on the streets," said Rocky Hufstetler.

Crews were at the store Tuesday repairing glass at the front of the store.

Investigators are working to see if there is a connection between the gun used in the shooting and the guns stolen from the pawn shop.

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