ROCKMART, Ga.—Authorities in Georgia are on the lookout for a gunman they say killed four people and wounded a man in a pair of shootings.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation tweeted early Friday that 27-year-old Daylon Delon Gamble is armed and dangerous and wanted on four charges of murder for the shootings Thursday night in Rockmart, about 45 miles northwest of Atlanta.
Please share this more recent picture of Rockmart Murder Suspect, Daylon Delon Gamble. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact the Rockmart Police Department at 770.684.6558 or ☎️ 911. #RockmartShooting https://t.co/ulnNMvaPmf pic.twitter.com/nOkYHCDOJy
— GA Bureau of Invest (@GBI_GA) January 25, 2019
A GBI news release said 48-year-old Helen Rose Mitchell and 19-year-old Jaequnn Davis died at one home, and 24-year-old Arkeyla Perry and 26-year-old Dadrian Cummings died at another home several blocks away.
319 Williamson St.
•Helen Rose Mitchell ,48, Deceased
•Jaequnn Davis,19, Deceased
•Peerless Brown, 24, Hospitalized
503 Rome St.
•Arkeyla Perry, 24, Deceased
•Dadrian Cummings, 26, Deceased
— GA Bureau of Invest (@GBI_GA) January 25, 2019
The GBI says 24-year-old Peerless Brown was injured at the home where Mitchell and Davis were killed. He was flown to an Atlanta hospital. His condition was unknown.
Only 1 shooting victim survived the deadly massacre in Polk County last night – 24 y/o Peerless Brown. He was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center after police say Daylon Gamble shot him. 4 of his relatives were shot & killed. Story in 8 min on Ch2 pic.twitter.com/TkevZdceU8
— Tyisha Fernandes (@TyishaWSB) January 25, 2019
State police say Gamble fled in a stolen truck that has since been recovered.
Gunman Kills 3 Men in Separate Shootings, Then Kills Himself
A gunman opened fire at a hotel bar near Penn State’s main campus, killing two men and wounding a woman, broke into a stranger’s house and fatally shot the 83-year-old homeowner, and then killed himself, authorities said.
The initial shooting happened just after 10 p.m. Thursday at P.J. Harrigan’s Bar & Grill in State College, about 2 miles from Penn State’s campus.
State College Police Chief John Gardner said Friday afternoon they are still trying to determine why Jordan Witmer, 21, of Bellefonte, opened fire inside the bar, shooting two men he apparently didn’t know, and Nicole Abrino, with whom he had an unspecified connection.
BREAKING: State College police chief John Gardner confirmed three people, including the shooter, died tonight. pic.twitter.com/lR6oDretbT
— Onward State (@OnwardState) January 25, 2019
Dean Beachy, 62, of Millersburg, Ohio, died at the scene, and Beachy’s 19-year-old son Steven Beachy died at a hospital Friday afternoon. Abrino was shot in the chest and remains at a Pittsburgh hospital. Gardner said he didn’t know her condition.
#UPDATE Victims in the deadly State College shooting have been identified.
Police say: 62-year-old Dean Beachy was shot in killed at P.J. Harrigan’s. And 83-year-old George McCormick was shot and killed at his residence. The 21-year-old shooter, Jordan Witmer took his own life. pic.twitter.com/gO5oxkhquz
— Alexis Wainwright (@AWainwrightTV) January 25, 2019
Witmer then fled the bar, crashed his vehicle and broke into a home by shooting out a sliding glass door, Gardner said. Inside, he fatally shot homeowner George McCormick, 83, before turning the gun on himself. McCormick’s distraught 80-year-old wife barricaded herself in a room and called 911.
There was no relationship between Witmer and McCormick, and officials believe he chose the home at random, Gardner said.
There was never any threat to Penn State or its students, he said.
The safety of our students is a top priority at Penn State. Our thoughts are with those in the State College community impacted by this tragedy. @StateCollegePD responded to the shooting in the borough last night as it was not on Penn State’s campus.
— Penn State (@penn_state) January 25, 2019
They are still gathering information about the shooter, whom he described as being in the military.
Family members told WNEP-TV that Dean Beachy was an auctioneer and that he and his son were in State College for a horse auction.
Murders and Violent crimes
The number of murders and violent crimes committed in the United States dropped slightly in 2017, according to new crime statistics released in September 2018.
“Crime declined nationwide last year, consistent with our earlier analyses of 2017 data in the nation’s 30 largest cities,” Ames Grawert, senior counsel for the Justice Program at the Brennan Center for Justice in New York, told the Washington Times.
“That’s the good news. The bad news is that even while crime is falling, the number of Americans incarcerated remains near-record highs. Now is the time to address the problem.”
The number of cases of manslaughter and murder dropped 0.7 percent in 2017 from the prior year, the report said.
Rapes rose by 3 percent and aggravated assault rose by 1 percent, but overall violent crimes dropped 0.2 percent, the report added.