As the nation continues to react to three mass shootings in a week’s time — Gilroy, Calif.; El Paso; and Dayton, Ohio — that left 36 dead and 63 wounded, Northwest Georgia is being identified as home to one of the first such cases in 2019.
Too close to home: It was a story that chilled Northwest Georgia — a Thursday night, Jan. 24, and suddenly repeated calls to authorities in Rockmart about multiple gunshot victims. In short time, authorities confirmed four were dead and a fifth man was gravely injured in what was described as a rampage by a killer who was on the loose.
By varying standards used to determine such things, the slaughter in Polk County just over six months ago is listed among independent tallies of mass shootings this year in the United States. The metrics vary, with some starting with three victims and others with four or more. Such crimes are on the same date, generally the same location and with motives that exclude organized crime.
Rockmart, Ga., is part of each list we checked on Monday afternoon after seeing the tally shared by 95.5 FM WSB and its affiliated radio stations. The Rockmart case appears atop the story; the full roundup is below. Also, Rockmart also is included in a roundup compiled by ABC News as well as several other sources.
About the local case:
Polk County Jail records show Daylon Delon Gamble, 27, formerly of Cartersville, was booked into the detention center two weeks to the day after twin shootings that left four people dead and another man seriously injured in Rockmart. Authorities said he fled following the murders and was arrested without incident in Indianapolis on Jan. 27.
The GBI was requested by the Rockmart Police Department to assist in two double homicide cases and released this report:
At approximately 8:01 p.m. Jan. 24, Polk County 911 reported two separate double homicides at 504 Williamson St. and 319 Rome St. in Rockmart. Gamble also shot a fifth victim who was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center and is being treated for his injuries.
Gamble stole a Ford truck (which has been recovered) and fled both crime scenes. He is considered armed and very dangerous, and is actively being sought by local, state and federal authorities.
The victims were identified as:
319 Williamson St. shooting
- His aunt, Helen Rose Mitchell ,48, Deceased
- A cousin, Jaequnn Davis,19, Deceased
- Peerless Brown, 24, who survived his injuries.
503 Rome St. shooting
- Arkeyla Perry, 24, Deceased
- Dadrian Cummings, 26, Deceased
The latest: The AJC last week reported District Attorney Jack Browning filed a notice of intent to pursue the death penalty against Gamble. The newspaper quotes court documents that claim the homicides were “outrageously or wantonly vile, horrible or inhuman, in that (they) involved depravity of mind.” AJC report
BELOW: 95.5 FM WSB’s report on 21 mass shootings in the United States this year, including Rockmart.