Disputes turn deadly in Union City

Mon, 07/09/2007 - 8:38am
By: Ben Nelms

A Fairburn man died of multiple gunshot wounds in the early morning hours June 30 near the Union City residence of his former girlfriend. Twenty-three year-old Dontarious Shackleford was reportedly throwing items at the woman’s house when eight males exited the residence, chased and beat him before two of the males fired several shots into his upper body.

Charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime were 21 year-old Atlanta resident Victor Antwine and 19 year-old Union City resident Travis Norman and six other males, according to Union City Police spokesman Sgt. George Louth. The girlfriend’s mother, Teresa Ragster,37, who owns the home, was charged with obstruction of justice and disorderly home.

Louth said the deadly incident began when Shackleford arrived at the home of his former 18 year-old girlfriend on Cotter Drive at approximately 3 a.m. The two had broken up several months earlier and there had been reports of minor harassment toward the woman, said Louth. On June 30, Shackleford reportedly arrived and began throwing items at the house, Louth said. It was then that eight males, all reportedly relatives or friends, exited the home and began chasing Shackleford. The chase ended in the rear of a nearby residence, where the males beat Shackleford and where Antwine and Norman shot him several times with handguns, Louth said. The wounds to the upper body were fatal and Shackleford died at the scene, said Louth. Union City Police are awaiting ballistics reports on one of the handguns that was recovered.

Also charged was with battery were Union City residents Nicolas Glenn, 18, Justin Arrington and Roderick Walton, 17, said Louth. Walton was also charged with tampering with evidence and misdemeanor obstruction, Louth said.

The three juveniles, all males ages 15 and 16, were charged with battery, said Louth. Two of the juveniles are from Union City, the other from Fairburn, he said.

Louth said all charges are being handled by Fulton County District Attorney.

Shackleford had been arrested a week earlier in the same neighborhood for criminal trespassing, said Louth.

On Thursday afternoon, Bearnard Glass, 28, was shot and killed at the Sahnnon Creste Apartments in Union City. Charged in the killing is Christopher Williams Jr., 25, of Union City. Police have charged Williams with aggrevated assault, felony murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Police said the dispute was over money that Williams owed Glass. When police arrived at the scene, they discovered Glass had been shot numerous times. Williams was located in the adjacent Union Station apartment complex.

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