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Four men charged in Dec. 22 shooting of Thomson teenager

Four people were arrested and charged in the shooting of a Thomson teenager Dec. 22, authorities say.

McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall said only one of the men has been charged with the actual shooting. The other three were charged with lying to authorities.

Mario Lowe, 21, of the 1700 block of Daggett Road, Thomson, was charged with one count of aggravated assault and one count of giving false statements to law enforcement officers, Sheriff Marshall said.

Mr. Lowe, who was taken into custody along with the other three suspects Dec. 22, has since been released from jail on bond.

Mr. Lowe is accused of shooting Jacorbin Ivey, 14, also of the 1700 block of Daggett Road, Thomson.

Mr. Ivey, who was wounded in the upper left leg by a .22-caliber pistol, was treated at the scene by personnel with the McDuffie County Emergency Medical Services and firefighters/first resonders with the McDuffie County Fire/Rescue Services. He later was taken by ambulance to Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta.

He has been released and is recuperating at home.

Sheriff Marshall said the shooting took place at a residence on Daggett Road about 4:40 p.m. Daggett Road runs off Wrightsboro Road, just outside Thomson.

The sheriff said Mr. Lowe originally told him at the scene that he and the victim found the gun while walking along Wrightsboro Road.

"After questioning Lowe further, we learned that Ivey had been shot intentionally," Sheriff Marshall said.

The other three men -- each charged with giving false statements to law enforcement officers -- have been released on bond from the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center. The sheriff identified them as Neal Kendrick, 19, of 1700 block of Daggett Road, Thomson; Martez Samuels, 22, of the 100 block of Shanks Street, Thomson; and Atwan Williams, 22, of the 600 block of Ellington Avenue, Thomson.

It was the second shooting in McDuffie County in four days.

A 24-year-old Thomson man was shot while riding his four-wheeler on Greenbrier Road in McDuffie County days earlier.

Sheriff Marshall said Kenneth James "Kenny" Johnson, of the 3500 block of Greenbrier Road, died a few hours later at MCG. Three men have been charged with murder in connection with that shooting.

Web posted on Thursday, December 30, 2010

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