Gang member arrested for Athens Gardens drive-by shooting

A purported member of a local street gang was arrested Thursday night in connection with a drive-by shooting earlier this month at an eastside apartment complex in which one person was wounded, according to Athens-Clarke County police.

 

The shooting occurred the night of April 4 at Athens Gardens off Lexington Road when more than 30 bullets were fired from a car toward a residence occupied by a 50-year-old woman, her 54-year-old brother and 22-year-old son, who was visiting from Oglethorpe County.

It was not immediately known if any of those people were the intended targets of the shooting, but police said one of the bullets punched through the apartment’s wall, one of which struck the woman’s 54-year-brother in the forearm.

He was taken by ambulance to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center, and police said his injuries were not life-threatening.

A witness told police she did not get a good look at the shooters, but she did tell officers that she believed two men that were in a car in a cul-de-sac did the shooting.

During an investigation, detectives identified one of the shooters as 26-year-old Artie Bernard Baldwin, an alleged member of the NBA (Never Broke Again) street gang.

All three persons in the apartment that was hit by gunfire in the April 4 incident have the same last name as a member of another street gang in Athens that has had a violent rivalry with NBA.

Warrants for Baldwin’s arrest were subsequently obtained by police, and he was booked into the Clarke County Jail on Thursday night on two counts of aggravated assault and violating the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act.

He was additionally charged with a felony probation violation stemming from an October conviction for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

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