Cameron Golden, a suspect in Friday-morning deadly shooting at a Georgia plant, was taken into custody hours later at the Greyhound bus station in Birmingham. (Photo special to AL.com)
By Carol Robinson | [email protected]
A teen suspected in an early-morning fatal shooting in Georgia was captured by ATF agents at the bus station in downtown Birmingham.
Cameron Golden, an 18-year-old contract worker, was taken into custody late morning just hours after officials say he shot and killed a fellow worker at a suburban Atlanta factory. The arrest happened about 10 a.m. at the Greyhound bus station at Morris Avenue and 18th Street.
Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett described the shooting as “workplace violence,” but couldn’t say for sure whether Cameron Golden specifically set out to kill victim Taurus Andrews. He said Golden is charged with murder.
“We don’t even know if Mr. Andrews was a target” Levett said. “We don’t if Mr. Golden was upset with Dart Container, was he upset with any particular person there? We just don’t know those answers as of yet.”
The shooting came at shift change at the Dart Container Corp. in Conyers, sparking panic among the 300 or so employees. Levett said investigators believe Golden entered the plant, shot Andrews and then left in the five-minute window before police arrived at the factory, which makes plastic food and beverage containers. The plant is along a busy highway near Interstate 20 in Conyers, a suburb about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of downtown Atlanta.
Andrews was taken to a hospital, where he later died.
Deputies loaded remaining employees onto school buses while searching the building and took workers to a nearby church where investigators interviewed them, and counselors were made available.
The sheriff said authorities were able to track Golden to Alabama. David Hyche, ATF’s assistant special agent in charge in Alabama, said they were contacted by Atlanta ATF agents. ATF agents and U.S. Marshals in Birmingham were checking out several addresses when they received a tip that Golden was at the bus station en route to Tennessee or Arkansas.
He had arrived in Birmingham via bus, and was waiting for it to leave Birmingham and take him to his next destination. The bus was about to pull out when ATF agents, along with the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task and Birmingham police responded to the scene. Hyche said they worked with bus station officials and used the ruse that there was a mechanical problem with bus to stop it. They safely evacuated all of the passengers and then arrested Golden without incident.
Golden is being detained by authorities in Birmingham pending extradition to Georgia. The sheriff said Rockdale County was sending investigators to Alabama to question Golden and was also interviewing his relatives.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.