Man wanted in connection to shooting of girlfriend, Uber driver

By: Tom Jones

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ATLANTA - UPDATE: The suspect, Tavoris Ferrell, was arrested in Clearwater, Florida on Nov. 28.

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The fugitive squad is searching for 30-year-old Tavoris Ferrell. He is one of Georga's most wanted. police said he shot an Uber driver in September days before he was to go on trial for murder.

The Uber driver, Tony Williams, was shot in the chest on Joseph E. Boone Boulevard. The bullet barely missed his heart. 

Williams told Channel 2’s Tom Jones that when you look at Ferrell's violent criminal history, it's clear he deserves to be one of Georgia’s most wanted.

 “I heard a loud sound, and it sounded like a firework or something,” Williams said. “I was kind of in a state of shock.”

It was actually gunfire. Williams said the passenger he just picked up saw the gunman on the street around 5:30 a.m. 

“That's when I felt the blood dripping down my leg,” Williams said. 

Williams was hit by the gunfire. The bullet passed through his chest and through his arm. He and his passenger had no idea moments before, Atlanta police said Ferrell shot his girlfriend.

“He shot her as they both sat in her vehicle, in the face, at point blank range,” said detective Mark Cooper. 

The girlfriend survived. Police said Ferrell then shot Williams, and soon after, shot at another car.

That driver suffered minor injuries. 

Ferrell then walked away into the darkness, police said.

“He just kind of disappeared,” Cooper said.

Ferrell was out on bond on a murder charge at the time of the shooting spree. Police said that type of violent history is why Ferrell deserves a spot on Georgia’s most wanted. 

“It makes him the perfect type of individual to be considered one of Georgia’s most wanted,” Cooper said.

“Rightfully so. He should be on the list,” Williams said.

Police want Ferrell in custody before anyone else gets hurt.

“I would know that he wouldn't be doing this to someone else,” Williams said.

Officers think Ferrell’s cocaine addiction is fueling his violent rampages. They said he is armed and dangerous, and officers believe he is still in the area. There is a reward for information leading to his capture.

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