Arrest made in deadly Ashburn nightclub shooting

Published: Jul. 4, 2018 at 12:14 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 4, 2018 at 4:44 PM EDT
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ASHBURN, GA (WALB) - On Tuesday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested Jontavious Coley, 17, from Cordele, for a fatal shooting last weekend.

Coley has been charged with aggravated assault and felony murder in connection to the shooting incident that occurred at Studio 2.0 in Ashburn.

Coley was identified as one of several shooters who fired multiple rounds while the people were fleeing the club. In all, seven people were shot.

One of the victims, Za'quavia Smith from Crisp County, died.

Coley is the second person to be arrested in connection to the shootings. According to the GBI, Club Promoter Tio Davis, 36, was arrested and charged with providing alcohol to people under 21.

On Wednesday, Maj. Richard Purvis with the Ashburn Police Department released new details in the shooting.

Purvis said investigators are working to make several more arrests in the deadly shooting because new surveillance footage from a neighboring store shows that there were multiple shooters.

Purvis reiterated that the shooting was gang-related.

"Basically, it boils down to they're wearing one color, this other gang is wearing another color," Purvis explained. "They're, in technical terms or street language, they're beefing. But it put all these other people in danger."

Investigators said they are still urging more potential witnesses to come forward.

"We're pretty sure that somebody's car has been shot that we have not talked to," said Purvis. "They're not in trouble. We just want to account for what happened."

GBI Special Agent J.T. Ricketson said that around 150 to 200 people were in attendance at Studio 2.0 Saturday night.

Ricketson said a 'county versus county' flyer advertising an event at the nightclub was passed around to people in Tift, Worth, Turner and Crisp Counties.

The GBI is continuing to investigate this shooting. If anyone has information concerning this incident, please contact the GBI Perry Office at (478) 987-4545 or call the GBI TIPS Line at 1-800-597-8477 (TIPS).

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