Fourth suspect in Fifth Street shooting arrested

 According to West Point police, 24-year-old William Earl Gaines was booked into the Clay County Jail at about 7:45 p.m. Thursday on aggravated assault charges.
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STEVE ROGERS
Staff Writer

A fourth suspect has been arrested in a Jan. 13 shooting that almost killed a West Point man.

According to West Point police, 24-year-old William Earl Gaines was booked into the Clay County Jail at about 7:45 p.m. Thursday on aggravated assault charges.

Three other suspects already have been charged with shooting Travis Strong at about 2 a.m. Jan. 13 inside a home on Fifth Street North next to the Old Northside School in West Point.

Police believe the confrontation started in the yard and led into the house where Strong's 80-year-old great-grandmother was held at gun point and then called 911 after Strong was shot and the suspects fled.

The other suspects are 30-year-old Tymotheans Henry, who is free on $200,000 bond; 27-year-old Jenerrio Demarco Jones, of Columbus, who is free on $250,000 bond, although he was supposed to be jailed in Lowndes County on a circuit court bond revocation, but paperwork never was exchanged, and 21-year-old Joshua Maurice Ewing, who remains in the Clay County Jail on $200,000 bond as an accessory after the fact.

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