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Man, 26, gets life for killing teen, wounding target in revenge shooting

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A College Park man seeking revenge wounded his target in a drive-by last year, but he killed a teen in the process. And on Tuesday, he was sentenced to life plus 60 years in prison.

A jury found John Blackmon, aka 'Hot Boy,' guilty of felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and weapons, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday in a news release. The 26-year-old man is accused of killing 19-year-old Timothy Blalock and wounding 24-year-old Timothy Ghilden, officials said.

The drive-by happened on Aug. 25, officials said. That day police responded to a report of shots fired in the parking lot of “Infamous Tattoos” on Old National Highway in College Park, the district attorney’s spokeswoman Yvette Jones said.

When they arrived, they discovered Blalock’s bullet-riddled body in the passenger seat of a Chevrolet Impala, Jones said. He had been shot multiple times in the chest, she said.

Ghilden had also been shot, but he was able to escape the car and stumble into the tattoo parlor for help, Jones said. Ghilden had been shot in his arm and hand, one of his fingers severed, she said.

Witnesses told police an SUV drove up next to the victims’ car and Blackmon, who was seated in the rear of the truck, opened fire with an assault rifle, striking Blalock and Ghilden, Jones said. The truck was abandoned and set on fire in nearby Union City shortly after the shooting, she said.

Two days later, Blackmon was arrested and charged with murder after he was identified in a photographic line-up as the shooter, Jones said. Investigators learned that Blackmon targeted Ghilden for revenge because of a fight the two were involved in several weeks earlier. They did not say what the fight was about.