An argument over a bowling ball escalated into a gunfight on March 18th.
Atlanta police have arrested 25-year-old Joshua Fleetwood for allegedly murdering Lakevia Jackson at the Metro Fun Center.
Investigations into the matter have uncovered that Mr. Fleetwood was on a date at the Metro Fun Center. He and his date were bowling next to Lakevia Jackson’s family before the incident. Mr. Fleetwood got into an argument with Jackson’s family before they all left the building.
Once outside the bowling alley, two of the women began to argue again. Police say that someone from each side of the argument retrieved guns from their cars.
Shot during the exchange of fire, Lakevia Jackson subsequently died from her injuries. She was the mother of a teenager whose father is the Grammer Award winner Young Thug.
Atlanta Police Department Homicide Commander Ralph Woolfolk said,
“They got into an argument over a bowling ball. They were on adjacent lanes at which time they were bowling, and that argument escalated. At no point were their weapons inside of the location. At no point did anyone come there with the intention of hurting anyone or firing upon anyone. This was not a drive-by.”
True Crime Daily reported that Fleetwood has a history of run-ins with the law.
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Fleetwood reportedly has a lengthy criminal history. Woolfolk said he is a “16-cycle convicted felon” and has faced charges from fraud to fleeing and eluding police. Investigators secured a warrant for his arrest March 20, for charges of felony murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Jackson’s mother Sherina Jackson told WAGA-TV they were “celebrating a birthday at the bowling alley with a very close family friend.” In his video, Woolfolk pointed to the statistic that many homicides are “are due to escalating disputes, and this is when people do not solve conflict well.”
Lt. Ralph Woolfolk added that 41% of homicides in Atlanta this year stem from escalating disputes.
That means that many precious lives are lost because people are not able to cool their emotions. According to this story, Jackson would not have lost her life if the individuals involved would have been able to settle their differences without pulling guns on each other.
What is the answer to ending the violence happening in places like Atlanta? Do people believe that if you would take away the firearms, the homicide statistics would magically drop? Or think that stabbing homicides spike?
I agree with Lieut. Ralph Woolfolk. These days, people have trouble solving their conflicts, and their blinding rage continues t0 hurt and kill people.
Eliminating the guns from the equation will not solve any of Atlanta’s problems. No matter how much the liberals try to push that narrative.
Until we can fix the human problem, we will continue to run around in circles like a dog chasing its tail, always trying to find or rule out the weapon of choice.
How do we fix the problem? The answer is more profound than what can be written in this article. But it must include stronger family structures, a value for human life, and hope for future generations. Without these things instilled in our youth, we are doomed.