By Ed Brock
The suspect in the shooting of a Riverdale man asked the victim and two others if they were with the "South Side Mafia" before opening fire.
Police say the South Side Mafia is the name of a gang that recently appeared in the county and about which they know very little.
Jerome Anderson, 31, of N. Pond Court, was shot in the back after running from the gunman who approached him as he walked on Lake Ridge Parkway in Riverdale around 10:20 p.m. Monday, according to Clayton County police Officer Travis Fox's report.
Anderson told Fox that he was walking with 17-year-old Terry Tyrone "TD" Davis and a 16-year-old boy whose name was not released due to his age when a gray Ford Explorer pulled up and the gunman got out. Anderson said the man followed them and asked if they were part of the South Side Mafia and which one of them was TD.
Davis said he turned around when the gunman mentioned his nickname, at which moment the gunman pulled the hood of his camouflage jacket over his head and put his hands in his pocket as if he had a gun. Anderson said Davis told the 16-year-old and him to run and when they started running the gunman opened fire, hitting Anderson once.
Davis said that the South Side Mafia is the name of his rap group and he didn't know of any problems the group had with anybody.
A gang called the South Side Mafia began recruiting members around Morrow High School in April or May, Clayton County police gang specialist Lt. Mark Thompson said. He has little information on the gang because the leaders went underground after he started investigating them, Thompson said.
"They've been relatively quiet until recently," Thompson said.
The gang has been connected to several assaults along Fielder Road recently, Thompson said. Thompson said he did not have information on Davis.
The gunman is described as a light-skinned black male standing 5-feet 9-inches tall with a mustache.