Arrest made in deadly pool party shooting
Sheriffs investigators escort suspect Terrence Kyreef Montgomery, Jr., 18, to a vehicle to be taken to the Fayette County jail after questioning him on Friday. Montgomery is charged with the murder of Wali Clanton among other charges.

Arrest made in deadly pool party shooting

Sheriffs investigators escort suspect Terrence Kyreef Montgomery, Jr., 18, to a vehicle to be taken to the Fayette County jail after questioning him on Friday. Montgomery is charged with the murder of Wali Clanton among other charges.
Sheriffs investigators escort suspect Terrence Kyreef Montgomery, Jr., 18, to a vehicle to be taken to the Fayette County jail after questioning him on Friday. Montgomery is charged with the murder of Wali Clanton among other charges. (Staff photo by Danny Harrison)

An arrest has been made in the June 13 shooting that killed 19-year-old Wali Clanton and injured four others.

Terrence Kyreef Montgomery Jr., 18, of Atlanta was arrested Friday by members of the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Task Force.

Montgomery is charged with felony murder, malice murder, four counts of aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The shooting occurred at a pool party around the 600 block of Highway 279 in north Fayette County.

The party reportedly had around 200 guests. It was cut short when the homeowner, who was also disc jockey for the party, said that someone had drugged his daughter’s drink. The security guard then ended the party and told the guests to leave. Shortly thereafter, a fight allegedly began and gun shots rang out.

Wali Clanton, 19, of Stockbridge was transported to Piedmont Fayette Hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest. Clanton died in the hospital.

The other four shooting victims sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Sheriff Barry Babb said the investigation had been difficult. None of the victims nor the suspect are Fayette County residents, and many of the witnesses were from other counties as well. Babb said that several of the witnesses investigators wanted to interview would only agree to speak through attorneys.

“This was an extremely difficult case. These weren’t our kids,” Babb said. Referring to the work by the investigators in the case, Babb said, “These guys have run for six days straight.”