Sunday February 17th, 2019 4:45AM

Suspect, victim named in QT shooting in Buford

By B.J. Williams News Director
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A Canton man remains in the Hall County Jail on a murder charge following a Sunday morning shooting in the parking lot of a QuikTrip (QT) convenience store at the corner of Gainesville Highway and Friendship Road in Buford. 

James Elliot Blocksom, 23, was arrested at his home at 319 Garden Circle in Cherokee County just hours after he allegedly opened fire on a vehicle, killing Chester Morrison, 36, of Commerce.

Morrison was a passenger in the vehicle, according to Lt. Scott Ware with the Hall County Sheriff's Office. 

"Witnesses had seen him [Blocksom] chasing the vehicle that the victim was a passenger in and that was in the area of Buford south of Friendship Road," Ware said. 

The driver, a 23-year-old woman, was not physically injured, according to Ware. 

He said Blocksom, Morrison and the woman - who was not named - knew each other.

"The female was able to give investigators and deputies a very detailed description of Blocksom, including his name, where he lived, his vehicle description, things of that nature," Ware said. That information allowed Hall County and Cherokee County law enforcement to quickly track Blocksom. 

In addition, Ware said a witness at the convenience store recorded the shooting on a cell phone. The video was posted to Snapchat and Instagram and also provided to law enforcement, according to Ware.

"It's certainly a good piece of evidence," Ware said, noting how graphic the video is. "It's shocking to us, as well. Violence is violence - it's disturbing."

Ware said it is possible more charges will be filed in the case. He thinks aggravated assault charges are possible because the driver of the vehicle was still in the car when the first shot was fired. 

Investigators have not determined a motive in the incident yet.

Blocksom is being held without bond. 


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