Man charged with attempted murder

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, August 16, 2017

An Atmore man has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a shooting that occurred on Aug. 9 on Patterson Street, according to police officials.

Chief Chuck Brooks said Aug. 11 that Greg Ballard was arrested for attempted murder, menacing, disorderly conduct and public intoxication following the incident.

“He (Ballard) got into it with another male victim and accused him of stealing a bicycle,” Brooks said. “He retrieved a firearm — a handgun — and started shooting at the victim. He did not hit the victim.”

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Brooks said officers with the APD responded to the scene around 6 p.m. and were able to identify him prior to his arrest.

The chief said that the two individuals Ballard was with, Kenyatta McCants and Eddie Tolbert, were charged with felon in possession of a firearm and tampering with evidence for trying to hide the handgun. McCants was also charged with public intoxication.

Ballard was booked on a bond of $50,000; Tolbert was booked on a bond of $7,500; and McCants was booked on a bond of $10,000.

Brooks said the event was isolated and could’ve turned deadly.