Poolroom shooters out of hospital, warrants issued

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Seven days after gunfire broke out in a northside poolroom and four people were shot, the Milledgeville Police Department announced that warrants have been taken out for two men, who also comprised two of the four people who were shot that night.

George Washington, 34, and Marquis Whipple, 29, each is facing multiple accounts of aggravated assault, known in some other states as "attempted murder," as well as reckless conduct and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Each initially was transported to the hospital and listed in critical condition, but each has since been released. Now, the two men are expected to turn themselves in, according to investigators.

Washington and Whipple are accused of pulling out guns on each other at close range following a dispute and shooting each other, creating straight chaos at the new Columbia Pub & Billiards in the Big Lots shopping center. The poolroom has been open only for several months.

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Washington has the lengthier criminal history of the two, although neither has been arrested more recently. Washington has been booked at the county jail 11 times since 2004. He most recently was arrested in Sept. 20, 2020 for fleeing/attempting to elude, reckless driving and other traffic charges. Other past charges include armed robbery, drug trafficking, criminal trespass and obstruction of an officer.

Whipple's jail history, meanwhile, is much more brief, and he was last booked in 2019 for failure to appear, stemming from a prior arrest that year for theft by receiving stolen property and driving with a suspended license. His only arrest prior to that was in 2012, when he was booked for marijuana and open container.

The two other shooting victims from last Friday night, both bystanders,  previously were identified as Shari Shinholster, 37, and Quentis Ford, 30.

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