Arrest Made in the Mass Shooting at Club CJ’s AKA Hill Haven Event Center as the Investigation Continues

Meriwether County Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that one arrest has been made in the mass shooting that occurred on September 27, 2015 around 02:56 am at 1140 Hill Haven Road, Greenville, Ga. The incident location being previously called Club CJ’s with its name recently being listed as the Hill Haven Event Center. On the date and time of occurrence the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office responded to this location in regard to numerous persons being shot. The investigation revealed that there were a total of 10 patrons of this establishment that had been shot as provided in a previous press release.

“Through the course of our investigation we tracked down numerous leads and interviewed a substantial number of victims and witnesses related to this incident. We also obtained some of the results back from the GBI Crime Lab related to the physical evidence that was found at the scene. Our investigators were able to locate physical evidence several days later in Troup County, Georgia that assisted in identifying the arrested suspect. We had assistance provided to us by the GBI Crime Scene Unit, the LaGrange Police Department and the Troup County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies on the night that the incident occurred. LaGrange Police Department Patrol Officers were able to make a traffic stop on the date that the incident occurred. This stop was based on relayed suspect vehicle information provided by the Meriwether County 911 Dispatch. This was very beneficial in helping us develop additional leads based on this traffic stop. The one arrest that we have made at this time was one of the occupants in this vehicle. Our investigators were able to track additional leads developed with the assistance of the LaGrange Police Departments SIU into the identity of many of the witnesses and suspect(s) involved in this matter. The majority of the victims and potential suspect(s) being from the LaGrange, Ga. area. Without their assistance it would have made our investigation much more difficult. A lot of these individuals related to this incident were known to their units through work related knowledge.” Sheriff Smith stated.

“On October 12, 2015 at 1:00 pm Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office Investigators with the assistance of the LaGrange Police Department Patrol Officers arrested Tommie Thornton, B/M, 22 years of age, address listed as 22 Sanford Ave., LaGrange, Ga. Thornton was located at 10-A Habersham Drive, LaGrange, Ga. at the time of his arrest. Thornton was transported to the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office Jail and charged with 9 counts of Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime. Thornton is being held without bond. This is an active ongoing investigation with additional charges pending and additional arrest. Our investigators have certainly stepped up in tracking down these leads, often times dealing with reluctant or uncooperative victims and witnesses. This investigation will reveal the results of this dedication of service. I appreciate all agencies working collaboratively in this investigation to apprehend those responsible. This is an on-going investigation, more will follow.” Sheriff Smith advised.