‘Friend’ shoots ‘friend’
By Patrick Yost
After getting shot at least three times, Jabril Ahmed Muhammad, 20, made a request to the man arrested and charged with shooting him, said Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley.
“He said, ‘I can’t breathe, you’ve got to get me to the hospital.’”
Antawon Cornelius Coats, 19, complied and Coats was arrested at Morgan Memorial Hospital after delivering Muhammad.
Muhammad was shot three times under the right arm, and a fourth .22 caliber bullet may have grazed his head, reports state. According to Capt. Kenny Stewart, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Muhammad has been moved from intensive care and is in stable condition at Atlanta Medical Center. Muhammad was life-flighted from Morgan Memorial to Atlanta Medical Center last Saturday night following the shooting.
Markley said Coats and Muhammad had argued on Saturday after Coats failed to show up for a pre–arranged social gathering on Friday.
On Saturday, reports state, Coats and Muhammad spoke on the phone and arranged to meet and fight over what Muhammad said was Coats’ “rude” behavior.
Markley said Muhammad and a woman were sitting in Muhammad’s vehicle at the end of Muhammad’s driveway on Double Bridges Road when Coats allegedly pulled in front of Muhammad’s vehicle, exited his car and fired at Muhammad, who had also left his vehicle.
The shooting occurred at approximately midnight, reports state.
Stewart said the two were friends. “They’re best friends, that’s what I was told,” he said.
Coats is currently incarcerated at the Morgan County Detention Center, awaiting a bond hearing. He is charged with a felony count of aggravated assault. Markley said in an interview at the hospital Coats “did give an incriminating statement.”
Stewart said officers recovered a .22 caliber pistol from Coats vehicle at the hospital. Authorities said that Coats discharged six shots from the revolver. According to reports, x-rays at Morgan Memorial Hospital showed three rounds were imbedded in Muhammad.