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Man accused of shooting two innocent bystanders, killing one, captured

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A 33-year-old Atlanta man was arrested Wednesday, almost two months after police said he allegedly shot two innocent bystanders, killing one outside a nightclub in Athens.

The U.S. Marshal’s Office and DeKalb County police apprehended Corey Antwan Blount in connection with the double shooting that happened on May 10, according to Athens-Clarke County police. He was charged with felony murder, malice murder; two counts of aggravated assault; possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, police spokeswoman Hilda Sorrow said.

Mr. Blount is accused of shooting Derrick Merritt and Jamaris Walter, both 22 of Athens, while they were standing in a vacant parking lot with other patrons following the closing of a nearby night club at 1720 Commerce Road, Sorrow said. Merritt died as a result of the shooting and Walter is still recovering from his injuries, she said.

“Information obtained clearly indicates that the victims in this senseless act of violence were innocent bystanders and played no role in triggering the assault,” Sorrow said.

The incident happened around 2:40 a.m. that Saturday, police said. That morning officers responded to Commerce Road and found the two men suffering from gunshot wounds, spokesman Maj. Mark Sizemore had said. He did not say how many times each men were shot. It's also unclear who, if anyone, was the intended target.

Officers rendered aid until EMS arrived and both men were transported by ambulance to the hospital where Merritt succumbed to his injuries, Sizemore said. It’s unclear if Walter was still in the hospital Wednesday.

Blount was also wanted in Fulton County on charges unrelated to the shooting, police said. But they did not provide any details on those charges.

The investigation is still ongoing and police are asking anyone who has additional information regarding the double shooting to contact the Athens-Clarke County Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (706) 613-3342.