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Canton man indicted in slaying at Buford QuikTrip
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James Blocksom

A Hall County grand jury indicted on Thursday a Canton man accused of shooting into a car at a Buford convenience store, killing one of the occupants.

The indictment carries one count of malice murder and two counts of felony murder, with the underlying felonies being aggravated assault and terroristic acts.

James Elliot Blocksom, 23, is accused of shooting Chester Morrison, 36, several times at the Gainesville Highway QuikTrip, which is off Lanier Islands Parkway/Ga. 347 in South Hall.

Blocksom was standing outside the passenger side of the car at the time of the Feb. 10 shooting, according to a Hall County Sheriff’s Office press release.

Morrison was a passenger in the car, which had been driven by a 23-year-old woman known by both Blocksom and Morrison. She was not hurt during the incident, the press release states.

The sheriff’s office said that just before the shooting, Blocksom had chased the vehicle from the Buford area.

A person who had seen the chase took a video of the shooting, and the video was circulated on social media, according to the sheriff’s office.

The woman “was cooperative with deputies and investigators, and was able to assist very quickly with details regarding Blocksom’s identity, place of residency and vehicle description,” the press release states.

Sheriff’s investigators and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team arrested Blocksom at his home in Cherokee.

Attorney Brett Willis declined to comment.


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