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Charges Dropped in Macon Store Shooting

Bibb County prosecutors have dropped charges against a man who was allegedly shot while trying to hold up a store this summer.

Acting District Attorney Wayne G. Tillis says their investigation has raised some questions about the facts of the case, but he would not elaborate.

The Bibb County sheriff's department's web site says charges against Rashan Jordan -- two counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal attempt to commit armed robbery -- have been dropped. But the jail web site says Jordan is still being held at the jail.

On July 5, Derell and Shemicka Johnson said a robber came into their Expert Wireless phone store, at 3795 Mercer University Drive, as if to purchase a phone, but started firing.

They said Derell Johnson fired back. Then they said the robber locked himself in the back office, fired more shots, then ran out the front.

Shemicka Johnson told police the suspect ran out of the store shooting into crowds of people and continued shooting as he drove down Mercer University Drive.

Jordan was arrested later that night and spent about four weeks later in a local hospital for gunshot wounds.

But Tillis, the Bibb DA, says "the investigation has cast some doubt" on statements in Jordan's case. He wouldn't describe them.

"So far we have not been able to substantiate the charges for which he was booked," he said. "There has been some question about the facts of the incident. Until we figure out exactly what happened, we're not going to substantiate what happened."
He said they're continuing to investigate the case and he could not release any further details.

Last month, Shemicka Johnson also told 13WMAZ that nearly $2,000 was missing from her store on the day of the shooting.
Police Chief Mike Burns says they've asked the GBI to investigate the missing money, since Macon police were in charge of the crime scene.

Gary Rothwell, special agent in charge of the GBI's Perry office, says his office is still investigating the missing money and has not made any conclusions. He said he doesn't think the dropped charges are connected to the missing-money investigation.

Also on Monday, Shemicka Johnson said she's not sure why the charges were dropped, and she declined further comment.




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