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Authorities make arrest in slaying of man at Buford QuikTrip
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James Blocksom

A Canton man has been charged with murder in the early Sunday shooting of a Commerce man at the Quik Trip convenience store, 927 Gainesville Highway, Buford.

James Elliot Blocksom, 23, is accused of shooting Chester Morrison, 36, several times at the store, 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 was 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.

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

Investigators pinging Blocksom’s phone were led to The Lodge at Bridge Mill, a senior housing community in Canton where one of Blocksom’s family members lives, and officers were deployed to the community “in the event James was at the location,”  according to a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office report.

Meanwhile, SWAT team members executing a warrant breached the front door on Blocksom’s Garden Circle residence in Canton, where the team was “giving (Blocksom) commands” that he was allegedly not complying with, according to the report. The report was made by a deputy who was not in the room and does not describe what was done to get Blocksom to comply.

After his arrest, investigators searching Blocksom’s home “recovered a handgun they believe to have been used in the shooting,” according to the press release.

Blocksom is being held at the Hall County Jail without bond.

Staff writer Nick Watson contributed to this story.

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