Helped onto the stretcher by emergency personnel, the Stokely Street resident was shot once in the leg after an argument that police say included her sister’s boyfriend. The victim’s name was not released at press time.
“The victim’s sister is dating this [Dexter Weems Jr.] subject. ... And apparently they got into a discussion, an argument about he needed to leave, he needed to go, not live there anymore. He said he hadn’t done nothing, pulled out a gun and shot the victim in the leg,” Cartersville Police Department Capt. Mark Camp said at the scene.
Police say Weems, 23, shot the woman once in the leg about 3:30 p.m. at 9 Stokely St., Apt. 3, and then fled. As of 9 p.m., he remained at large.
Neighbors milling around the scene reported hearing one shot and seeing Weems leave the scene at a high rate of speed in a vehicle parked down the hill from the complex.
“... Like I said, I heard a shot, but I didn’t pay attention — I thought it was on my TV,” said one neighbor who asked to remain anonymous. “And then all of a sudden my friend came knocking on my door. She said someone got shot in No. 3.”
The neighbor said she was not aware of a history of violence at the location. “They weren’t fussing or fighting.”
A second female victim was located one street over — on St. Francis — about 30 minutes after the initial report.
Camp said the female who was shot was taken to Floyd Medical Center, while the second victim was transported to Cartersville Medical Center for superficial injuries.
Weems is described as a black male, 6 feet, 160 pounds. Warrants were taken for aggravated assault and battery, with additional warrants expected today.