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Gainesville man charged in shooting at homeless camp in Gainesville
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The Hall County Sheriff's Office investigate the area of Atlanta Highway and Westside Drive after a man was shot in the jaw on Sunday, Oct. 27. - photo by Hall County Sheriff's Office

Necko Romane Jackson
Necko Romane Jackson
A Gainesville man has been charged in a Sunday, Oct. 28, shooting at a homeless encampment off of Westside Drive in Gainesville.

Necko Romane Jackson, 41, was arrested Monday morning at a home on East Ridge Road and charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery. Authorities released his identity Tuesday morning.

The 41-year-old male victim was shot in the jaw and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. He has not been identified, and his condition was not available Tuesday morning. 

Jackson also has been charged with obstruction for allegedly attempting to run from authorities. He remained in the Hall County Jail without bond Tuesday morning.

The victim was hit with a single gunshot and was helped by bystanders to a nearby gas station, where 911 was called, according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating but declined to provide the victim's identity or the weapon involved.

Pastor Jerry Deyton, who runs the The Way day center in Gainesville, said the victim was a good-natured person. 

“He always tried to keep a job. He’d hold it as long as he could, I guess. But other than that, everybody liked him,” Deyton said.

Deyton and others can only speculate on what may have precipitated the shooting.

Other volunteers told anecdotes of the man’s spiritual nature and sticking up for others.

“If he’s having trouble … he’ll want you to lay hands on him and pray with him,” Chandler Gaines said.