Police: 16-year-old killed man during PS4 robbery



SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - Two people are in custody for the shooting death of a man during a robbery involving his video game console.

Police said 28-year-old Danny Zeitz was found dead when officers responded to the 5300 block of Treelodge Parkway at about 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 12.

According to Sandy Springs police, Zeitz had arranged to sell a 16-year-old girl and Nathaniel Vivian, 20, a Ps4 on Craigslist. 

The couple tried to rob Zeitz of the PS4, and Vivian, who was in the driver’s seat of a car, struggled with Zeitz, who was standing outside the car, for the gaming system. During the struggle, the girl fired a shot from a .25-caliber handgun, and the bullet passed through Vivian’s hand and struck Zeitz in the side of his chest, killing him.

Police said the teen's 16-month-old child was only feet away during the robbery and shooting.

Police said they were able to track down the suspects after Northside Hospital called them to say Vivian was being treated for a gunshot wound at the hospital. 

Fulton County district attorney Paul Howard said he consulted with police and intends to prosecute the 16-year-old girl and her boyfriend as adult.

“He was one of the nicest guys I had ever met,” Zeitz’s friend, Kendall Smith, told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik. “He was the type of person that, if something was wrong, if you needed money, if there was any type of problem, you talked to him. He would figure out a way to make sure he could do something for you.”

Zeitz was known by the name “Phobos” in online gaming circles, and one of his online gaming teammates set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Zeitz’s funeral expenses. By Monday afternoon, the page had raised more than $10,000.

There is a memorial ceremony planned for Zeitz at Kings Ridge Christian School in Alpharetta Saturday.

Officials said the suspects will have a hearing next Tuesday in which a judge will decide if they can move forward with charges as an adult.

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