Four suspects connected to last Sunday’s shooting at an Acworth gas station have been arrested and face charges of assault with intent to rob, according to new details from the Acworth Police Department.
Acworth Police last Wednesday identified Jerry Bland, 21, of Powder Springs, as the alleged shooter, and three other suspects believed to have been involved in the shooting: Talyrica Hampton, 21, of Marietta; Cornelius Harshaw, 19, of Canton; and Maxamilian Allen Guzman, 17 of Woodstock.
Officers responded at about 5 p.m. last Sunday to the Chevron gas station at 3453 Baker Road and found a man in a vehicle with a gunshot wound to his jaw, according to a press release. The man was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He remains in the hospital, according to new information from police.
Arrest warrants accuse Hampton of driving the getaway vehicle used in the incident, while Bland and Guzman allegedly went to rob the 20-year-old victim. Harshaw remained in the rear left passenger seat, according to the warrants.
Police say Hampton and the group pulled into the Chevron gas station and “strategically positioned” their vehicle after the victim parked his own. According to police, Bland and Guzman exited Hampton’s vehicle and Hampton began moving the vehicle slowly toward them “to position itself for better access” to pick the men up.
Bland then shot the victim in the face before the group fled the scene, according to police.
Police initially questioned and arrested Hampton and Harshaw on drug charges, and a third person was detained and released. On Monday, police said the incident appeared to be related to a drug transaction.
Bland and Guzman are both charged with one felony count of aggravated assault, according to warrants and jail records. Hampton faces one felony count each of aggravated assault and possession of Alprazolam, warrants and jail records show. Harshaw faces one felony count of aggravated assault and one count each of possession of marijuana and obstructing an officer, according to warrants and jail records.
All four suspects are being held at the Cobb County jail without bond, jail records show.