Created: Thu, 25 Jul 2013 03:48:00 EST
Updated: Thu, 25 Jul 2013 03:57:00 EST
A man who previously had not been identified publicly in the Zodiac Lounge shootings was arrested Thursday by the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force.
Percy Welch, Jr. was arrested at his residence in the 4600 block of Mercer University Drive without incident, according to Macon Police.
Welch was wanted by the MPD in conjunction with the Zodiac Lounge murder of 17-year-old Jamonni Bland, police said. Welch was not included among the original eight people named as suspects in the shootings.
Welch was transported to the Bibb Law Enforcement Center, where he is being held on charges of attempted murder, participation in criminal street gang activity and a parole violation.
This is his 15th arrest dating back to 1994.
On July 5, at about 3:30 am a fight broke out in the Zodiac Lounge on Walnut Street in downtown Macon. The fight was stopped but some men left the bar and returned with guns. One man was shot and wounded inside the bar before the gun was turned over to another man who shot Bland dead in a parking lot outside.
The MPD continues its investigation into this case.