The men suspected to be behind the fatal shooting of a Berry College student in Floyd County early Saturday morning have been arrested and charged with murder, and other crimes.
Two men are already in police custody after they have been arrested at an apartment complex in Columbus. The suspects have been identified as Ricket Damon Carter III, 19 of Columbus, and Troy Jamal Cokley, 19 of Riverdale. The two have been charged with murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery and possession of a controlled substance.
The Floyd County Police said that Carter and Cokley met up with 19-year old Berry College student Joseph McDaniel at an apartment around 2:30 in the morning. Authorities said an argument ensued between them, and McDaniel was later fatally shot.
Major Jeff Jones of the Floyd County Police said Carter was arrested first. He was also identified as the acquaintance of the victim. An hour after Carter’s arrest, Cokley was also arrested in Columbus.
McDaniel was shot in the chest at the Summerstone Apartments off Old Summerville Road around 2:26 Saturday morning. Jones shared that a handgun was used in the armed robbery and shooting. Jones and the other investigators of Floyd County were working hard and following leads late Saturday night.
The police responded after receiving a 911 call reporting of hearing someone crying in the area. A black automobile was identified as leaving the gated community in a rush after the said call has been made. The authorities had that as lead and a lookout was posted immediately for the vehicle.
Jones said: “A lot of knocking and talking led us to Columbus.”
Berry College’s Dean of Students Debbie Heida confirmed that McDaniel was a third-year student majoring in business management. Heida said the whole college community is grieving with McDaniel’s family and friends for the tragic loss.
It is not clear yet what caused the argument between the victim and the suspects.