Shooting witness: Suspect 'acting all gangster'
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An early morning shooting Saturday was an accident, according to a witness, despite the suspect’s statement that he would shoot the victim.

Cartersville Police Department Capt. Mark Camp said 24-year-old Classie Pratt of Adairsville, who was shot once in the face about 5:45 a.m., remained in critical but stable condition at Grady Memorial Hospital late Saturday. As of Monday afternoon, there was no update on her condition.

A witness and Pratt were at Courtesy Inn, 2235 Highway 411, Cartersville, to “chill and drink beer,” according to the report. The suspect, described as a white male, 6 feet, in jeans and a light-colored shirt, came to the room during the night.

The three were inside the room when, the witness said, the suspect pulled out a black handgun to “show it off.” According to the witness, “... The subject started playing with the gun acting all gangster ...,” the report stated.

When Pratt said, “You couldn’t shoot anybody,” the witness told police the suspect said, “Yeah, I will. I’ll shoot you.”

Pratt then allegedly grabbed the gun, which the suspect had put in her face. The witness said the gun went off and the suspect fled. According to the witness, the suspect was “just kidding with Ms. Pratt.”

The responding officer said she found Pratt standing between two beds with blood “on her face, hands, in her hair and on her clothing.”

Pratt was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Camp said Monday afternoon that investigators are not releasing the suspect’s name.

Deputies recover stolen SUV using LoJack

The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Lawrenceville man in connection with a stolen vehicle recovered Friday in Cartersville.

According to a Sunday press release, a Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Unit deputy working near Cartersville started receiving a “hit” through his LoJack system that indicated a stolen vehicle nearby. The deputy was able to obtain a tracking number and 911 dispatchers gave out a description of the vehicle. It was discovered that the vehicle had been reported stolen through Lawrenceville on Friday morning.

The deputy and an investigator located the reported stolen vehicle, a 2005 Chevy Tahoe, sitting in the driveway of 35 Buena Vista Circle. Deputies made contact with the resident, Bridget Danyell Lane, 30, and she indicated that the male who drove the vehicle had “ran off” when he saw deputies outside.

Deputies found the man, Steven Shon West, 42, of Lawrenceville, hiding under a mattress in the residence.

West was arrested and it was discovered that he was wanted by Clarke County, Gwinnett County and Florida parole for outstanding warrants.Deputies discovered methamphetamine at the residence and Lane was arrested as well.

Both are being held at the Bartow County Jail charged with possession of meth, possession of drug-related objects. West was also charged with theft by receiving stolen property. Lane was also charged with possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce.

Teen attacked by two suspects

Sunday afternoon a woman told BCSO deputies her juvenile son had been “attacked” Saturday while walking along Evergreen Trail.

According to the report, the juvenile was walking along Evergreen Trail when someone yelled, “Hey!” When the boy turned around, he saw two black males, 14 to 17 years old, wearing red bandannas with green writing, at which time he started running because “when he sees bandannas he thinks of gangs.”

The two suspects caught up with him, with one putting him in a headlock and the other holding his arms. The boy said he did not remember passing out but said he woke up on the ground.

According to the report, the two suspects jumped a fence that leads to the village. The boy’s mother searched the area for the two suspects but did not locate anyone.