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Smyrna man arrested in shooting on Windy Hill Road 


A Smyrna man, Demetrius Lafeyette Lester, has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault after being accused of shooting at two men, Camaal Strickland and Roderious Hughley, on July 20 on Windy Hill Road in Marietta. 

According to an arrest warrant issued by the Cobb County Police Department, officers responded to a call near the Food Depot at 250 Windy Hill Road in Smyrna, where they found two uninjured victims who had sought refuge at a nearby residence after being shot at. 

Hughley and Strickland reported that they were waiting at a bus stop when they noticed two suspicious vehicles circling the area. One of the drivers stared at them before both vehicles parked, and four Black males approached them. As Hughley and Strickland began to walk away, one of the suspects fired a handgun at them.

Witnesses at the scene provided descriptions of the suspect vehicles, a red Pontiac G8 and a white Nissan passenger car. An officer later spotted a possible suspect vehicle approximately one mile from the scene. 

The driver of the red Pontiac G8 made eye contact with the officer before fleeing at a high speed. Following a brief pursuit, the Pontiac was found abandoned in a nearby neighborhood, with a black and tan pistol discovered in plain sight on the passenger floorboard. 

Lester was detained on foot nearby by police who found the key for the vehicle on him, as stated in the warrant.

Surveillance footage from the shopping center captured four Black men walking toward the victims just before the gunshots were fired. Some of the men were visibly armed with pistols. Lester identified himself in a still photo from the footage, but he denied any involvement in the incident, according to the warrant.

According to jail records, Lester was arrested and booked into the Cobb County Adult Detention Center. He has been released on a $30,000 bond.


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