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Morrow man arrested in quadruple shooting

Photo by Mehgaan Jones
Clayton County Deputy Chief Chris Butler (center) is joined by Supervisory Inspector for the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, James Ergas (left) and Clayton County Police spokesman, Sgt. Otis Willis, at a press conference, to release information about a quadruple shooting, in Morrow.

Photo by Mehgaan Jones Clayton County Deputy Chief Chris Butler (center) is joined by Supervisory Inspector for the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, James Ergas (left) and Clayton County Police spokesman, Sgt. Otis Willis, at a press conference, to release information about a quadruple shooting, in Morrow.

By Mehgaan Jones

mjones@news-daily.com

Investigative work by the Clayton County Police Department and the United States Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force led to the arrest of a suspect who allegedly shot to death one person, and wounded three others, in Morrow.

Authorities announced the arrest during a press conference at Clayton County Police headquarters, in Jonesboro, Wednesday.

According to Clayton County Police spokesman, Sgt. Otis Willis, Morrow resident, Patrick Ramon Moore, 23, was arrested in Marietta, by the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, on Tuesday night.

He said that Moore is charged with murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and felony theft by receiving.

"We obtained information from witnesses to obtain the arrest warrants," said Clayton County Police Deputy Chief Chris Butler, during the news conference.

Supervisory Inspector for the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, James Ergas, said the Cobb County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Unit, helped lead authorities to an apartment, in Marietta.

Moore was discovered in the apartment, and was "arrested without further incident," said Ergas.

According to authorities, the arrest followed a shooting, Monday night, at Regal Pointe Apartments, in Morrow, which occurred after Moore had a verbal argument with four people about an alleged theft.

Clayton County Police responded to the incident, at approximately 10:07 p.m., Willis said. "During the argument, Patrick Ramon Moore presented an AK 47 assault rifle, and fired multiple times into the group," said Willis.

Authorities declined to disclose specific details as to what type of theft allegedly occurred.

"The AK 47 was a stolen weapon," said Clayton County Police Detective Eddie Rivera.

Tracey Burton, Jr., 20, of Riverdale was struck by gunfire and died at the scene, according to Willis. "Three other victims were struck by bullets ... One victim was struck in the chest, and was transported by Life Flight to Grady Hospital. Another victim was struck in the hand by a bullet, and was also transported to Grady Hospital," Willis said. "The last victim received a graze wound to the leg, [and] was treated and released on the scene."

Police would not release further information about the identity of the victims. The surviving victims were still recovering, at the hospital Wednesday, officials said, but authorities did not provide specific details on their current conditions.

James Ergas, of the U.S. Marshals Task Force, said Moore has a prior, violent criminal history. "He [Moore] had a parole warrant ... for false imprisonment ... He is wanted in Illinois," Ergas added.

According to Ergas, Moore is a member of the Vice Lords gang, which is known to be very violent. "... At the present time, all investigative information that we developed in this homicide investigation does not lead to any affiliation with gang violence," said Butler.

"This homicide that occurred ... is proof that recidivism with criminals out there [does] exist, and it is evident," Butler said as he concluded the press conference.

Patrick Ramon Moore was in custody, at the Clayton County Jail, Wednesday night, according to Sgt. Otis Willis. Online court records did not indicate the name of Moore's attorney. Moore is scheduled to appear in Clayton County Magistrate Court for a first appearance hearing, today, at 1:30 p.m.