According to news outlets, a double shooting occurred this morning at the Omni Hotel in downtown Atlanta. Reports state that there was a party in one of the suites at the Omni. Apparently, Sedarius Dennis, was acting strangely and appeared to be highly intoxicated. Two other partygoers reported that they attempted to walk him back to his hotel room when he became very angry with them.
Dennis allegedly shot at both of the individuals and then fled the scene. When police arrived, they discovered the two men lying on the ground in the hotel's hallway on the 28th floor. Fortunately, both victims were taken to Grady and are reported to be in stable conditions.
Dennis is facing two counts of aggravated assault and possession of a gun during the commission of a felony.
Aggravated Assault in Georgia
Georgia Law defines the offense of aggravated assault in Georgia as:
A person commits the offense of aggravated assault when he or she assaults:
- with intent to murder, to rape, or to rob;
- With a deadly weapon or with any object, device, or instrument which, when used offensively against a person, is likely to or actually does result in serious bodily injury;
- With any object, device, or instrument which, when used offensively against a person, is likely to or actually does result in strangulation; or
- A person or persons without legal justification by discharging a firearm from within a motor vehicle toward a person or persons. O.C.G.A. § 16-5-21.
Aggravated assault is classified as a felony in Georgia. The penalty if convicted can include a prison term between one to twenty years.
There are situations in which an assault is legally justified such as a situation of Self Defense in Georgia. There are also situations in which a person is wrongfully accused of committing aggravated assault. This is where a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney comes in. There are Georgia Criminal Defenses that can apply in these situations.
If you or a loved one has been arrested, contact our offices today. We will evaluate your case and determine the best course of action.