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Investigations are ongoing into a shooting at Park Street Playground and an armed robbery on West Main Street last week, according to Thomaston Police Chief Mike Richardson.

Arrest warrants have been issued for two subjects believed to be involved in the Park Street shootout, which occurred late Sunday, Sept. 5. Because the case remains active and additional suspects are being identified, no names have been released, Richardson said.

TPD responded to shots fired around 9 p.m. and found multiple vehicles riddled with bullet holes and shattered windows. One vehicle’s engine was running, and headlights were on, according to the report. Another vehicle was leaking fluid from gunshot damage.

Police located an AK-47 style rifle and multiple handguns, including a .380 and 9mm. Various spent shell casings were scattered throughout the crime scene, the report stated.

Witnesses told police they heard gunshots and bullets “whizzing by in close proximity,” and described three vehicles leaving the scene: a blue Dodge Charger with black stripes; a silver/gray Dodge Ram pickup truck; and a blue Oldsmobile Cutlass. The Ram truck was located later on Avenue G with bullet holes in the windshield and grill, according to the report.

No suspects were found at the scene, and Upson Regional Medical Center reported no gunshot wound victims in reference to the incident, police said.

Approximately one hour later the same night, the operator of Country Corner on West Main Street was blocked in the roadway after leaving the store and robbed at gunpoint, according to a separate TPD report.

Barrat Patel said he was traveling west on Main Street when a car passed him and stopped in the road. The driver remained in the vehicle while two passengers exited wearing gloves and black masks, carrying AR-15 style rifles, the report stated. Patel described the assailants as “young adult black males.”

Patel said the robbers took between $500 and $600 plus approximately $1,200 worth of jewelry from him and his uncle, who was riding with Patel, according to the report.

Unrelated arrests and charges reported by TPD include the following:

Demarcus Vonterrious McDowell, trafficking in illegal drugs, manufacture, deliver, distribute, or administer illegal drugs, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance with intent to distribute, and misdemeanor tampering with evidence;

Paul Andrew Allen, possession of methamphetamine and felony tampering with evidence, along with misdemeanor fleeing or attempting to elude;

William Anthony Kendrick, possession of crack cocaine and possession and use of drug-related objects;

Casey Lee Jones, possession of a Schedule I controlled substance and possession of drug-related objects, along with misdemeanor obstruction of law enforcement;

Dan Goolsby, felony theft by taking;

Shundrell Wood, felony theft by conversion;

Corey Daniel, aggravated assault and terroristic threats and acts, along with misdemeanor theft by taking and simple battery;

Joshua Clay Smith, second degree criminal damage to property.

The office of Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore reports the arrest of Javier Gilberto Bernardo, charged with two counts of violation of the Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

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