Christmas morning shoot-out
A Christmas morning shoot-out left a child asking police to put his father in jail “forever.”
When Clayton County Police arrived at 676 Sinclair Way, in Jonesboro, at about 7 a.m., on Dec. 25, they found 27-year-old Marquise Marcel Givens sitting in the front yard, holding a handgun and “bleeding from several gunshot wounds,” Officer Tracy McKay reported. A second 27-year-old man, Zadorsey Undrell Blasingame, was lying on the sidewalk, outside the home, bleeding from a bullet hole in his left leg.
Deanna Venee Pugh, the 27-year-old resident of the Jonesboro home and Given’s former girlfriend, was kneeling on the sidewalk next to Blasingame.
Pugh told police that Givens, the father of her child, came to the home that morning and came inside, but then discovered Blasingame sleeping in the house, McKay wrote in his report. Givens then went back outside, got a gun and returned, Pugh said.
Blasingame, of Riverdale, said he was sleeping, when the armed man came into the living room. He tried to sit up, he said, but Givens pushed him down, pointed the pistol at him, and said, “You need to leave.”
Blasingame had a .45-caliber Glock in his boot on the floor, next to where he was sleeping, and he grabbed it, he told police.
Pugh said she didn’t know who started shooting first, and she “hid behind the sofa when the shots started.”
The two 27-year-olds’ fired at each other across the living room. Blasingame was hit in the leg. Givens was hit twice in the shoulder, with one .45-caliber bullet lodging near his spinal cord. Bullets grazed Given’s buttocks and left calf, and struck his lower abdomen and left hand, McKay wrote in his police report.
The child, who is not being named because of his age, was upstairs during the Christmas morning shoot-out. When police spoke to Given’s and Pugh’s child, the child asked if Blasingame would be OK, and said, “My daddy hurt Dorsey and I want him to go to jail forever.”
Givens and Blasingame were taken to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment. Givens could not give officers a statement, because he was heavily medicated.
He is being charged with aggravated assault, criminal damage to property, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, cruelty to children, and a weapons charge.
Blasingame has not been charged.
COPS BRIEFS, from the Clayton News Daily