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Second suspect in October shooting caught by Marshals Service
2 Gwinnett men accused of injuring Gainesville man
Ronta Garner
Ronta Garner

Law enforcement authorities have caught a second suspect wanted in the Oct. 30 shooting of a Gainesville man, police said.

Officers with the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force took Shamarcus Deunte Grimes into custody Friday in Lawrenceville, the Gainesville Police Department said.

“We’d been working with the marshals, with the fugitive task force, to locate and apprehend him, and he was taken into custody today,” Cpl. Kevin Holbrook said.

Holbrook was not able to provide further information on Grimes’ arrest.

Grimes, 26, and Ronta Antonio Garner, 33, both of Lawrenceville, are accused of shooting 22-year-old Quavis Carruth at Ridgecrest Apartments in the 1600 block of Roper Hill Road in Gainesville. The victim was shot in the pelvis and the hand, resulting in “disfigurement and requiring surgery,” according to arrest warrants.

In early January, The Times learned the two men also were implicated in an assault on two women and a toddler the same night as the shooting at the same apartment complex.

According to arrest warrants, the men threatened them with a semi-automatic handgun and forced one of the women around the apartment at gunpoint searching for drugs and cash.

Garner, believed to be a member of the 243 Bloods Gang, has been in custody since Dec. 29. He was arrested by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office following a chase on Interstate 985.

In connection with the shooting, Garner and Grimes face charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault, possession of a gun by a felon and possession of a gun during the commission of a crime.

In the incident involving the women, Garner is accused of being a party to the crimes of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, cruelty to a child in the third degree and armed robbery. Arrest warrants on that incident weren’t yet available for Grimes.

Garner also faces numerous traffic charges following the I-985 chase: DUI of alcohol, speeding, fleeing and eluding, no license, no insurance, no tag, failure to maintain lane, ran red light, misdemeanor obstruction, driving with no helmet and reckless driving.

Both men were on parole for previous crimes and have been convicted in the past of theft.