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College Park man gets life for tattoo parlor shooting
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College Park man gets life for tattoo parlor shooting

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- A 26-year-old man has been sentenced to life plus 60 years in prison for shooting two people, one fatally, with an assault rifle.

John "Hot Boy" Blackmon of College Park was found guilty Tuesday of felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and weapons offenses.

According to information presented in court, on Aug. 25, 2013, Blackmon gunned down two people in the parking lot of Infamous Tattoos on Old National Highway.

Witnesses told police that Blackmon was sitting in the back of an SUV that pulled into the tattoo parlor's parking lot alongside a Chevrolet Impala with two men inside. Blackmon fired an assault rifle into the Impala.

One victim, 19-year-old Timothy Blalock, was shot multiple times and died at the scene. The second victim, 24-year-old Timothy Ghilden, suffered gunshots wounds to his arm and hand, and lost a finger, but survived and stumbled into the tattoo parlor for help.

Police determined Blackmon targeted Ghilden in revenge for an earlier fight.

After the shooting, Blackmon abandoned the SUV and set it on fire in Union City.

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