The man accused of killing four people and wounding another in Rockmart was brought back to Polk County to face his day in court and will remain in custody.
Daylon Delon Gamble, 27, was booked into the Polk County Jail at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday. Polk County Sheriff’s deputies brought Gamble back to Georgia after he signed off on extradition.
Gamble is accused of shooting five people, killing four, at two different locations in Rockmart on Jan. 24. All five people were shot in the head, and Polk County Coroner Tony Brazier earlier described them akin to an “execution.”
He is accused of killing Helen Rose Mitchell, 48, and Jaequnn Davis, 19, at a Williamson Street home, as well as Arkeyla Perry, 24, and Dadrian Cummings, 26, at a Rome Street home. The two locations were within three blocks of one another.
Gamble fled after the shootings and law enforcement agencies went on a nationwide manhunt. They’d originally found a black Ford pickup truck which police say he had stolen shortly after the incident in Bartow County. He was found by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service’s Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force.
The fifth victim, Peerless Brown, was hospitalized after he was shot in the neck and rushed to treatment at Atlanta Medical Center via airlift. He was later released from the hospital and spoke with reporters from WSB-TV.
Brown said he arrived at the scene at the same time as Gamble kicked in the door and, after a brief encounter, was shot in the neck, then attempted to help save Mitchell and Davis from Gamble.
When asked about Brown’s account, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Nelly Miles said they are not yet providing any further details about the shooting.
The former Rockmart police chief, Keith Sorrells, said previous information linking the shootings to gang-related activities was both “inaccurate and premature.” Sorrells retired Tuesday.