Multiple gunshots were fired at 3:45 p.m. Jan. 30 in the parking lot of the Wynridge Apartments in Marietta, as children played in the snow just a few feet away.
Joe Grady Ham of Powder Springs was arrested Tuesday evening by Powder Springs Police and charged with four felony counts of aggravated battery, possession of firearm during the commission of a crime and cruelty to children.
Ham is being held without bond at the Cobb jail. He could also face charges for unrelated crimes committed in Paulding and Douglas counties, according to the arrest record.
Kashawn Ward of Dallas was arrested Jan. 31 during a traffic stop on the East-West Connector by Acworth Police.
According to the warrant, police reported finding 7 pounds of suspected marijuana in his car, some stuffed into a red book bag and more in a “vacuum sealed bag … lying in plain view on the back seat.”
Ward faces 10 felony charges including intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a firearm, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and cruelty to children. He is also in the Cobb jail with a hold for questioning by Paulding County detectives.
Ward was convicted in Paulding County in November 2010 of credit card fraud.
The day of the shooting
The shooting happened at the top of a slight hill in the back of the Wynridge Apartments, off South Marietta Parkway on Lake Drive.
Residents of the Wynridge Apartments said it appeared both groups of people had picked the parking lot as a meeting place, possibly to sell drugs.
“I had never seen them before,” said a woman who lives near the area of the crime scene and wanted to remain anonymous.
She said two men parked a black Nissan Maxima and got out of the vehicle.
“Only one guy had a gun from the looks of it,” she said.
Police say Ham and Ward approached a group of people inside a green Ford Expedition. The two groups talked before the shots rang out.
The Ford Expedition skidded over an ice patch trying to flee the scene as the black Maxima pulled out, witnesses said.
Two small children in the Ford escaped the bullets, but their mother did not.
“He shot three times and she started screaming,” the eye witness said.
Christina Allen was hit in her femur, shattering the large bone in her leg, the warrant said.
She was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital and was in stable condition the day after the shooting.