Police question brother of 14-year-old shot in Clayton County

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CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - A 14-year-old girl was shot in a Clayton County neighborhood Monday afternoon, police said.

Clayton County police initially said the girl was in the area of Clemons Road and Spivey Road when a white car carrying men approached her.

Later, police said the shooting may have happened down the road at the victim's home in Henry County, but they are still working to pinpoint the exact location.

By Monday night, the girl's home was roped off with a Henry County police car out front.

Investigators said the girl's brother called police from their home on Shaw Lane, not where she was allegedly shot, but about half a mile from there in Clayton County.

Investigators interviewed the girl's brother trying to make sense of the shooting.

"(It) makes me very sad. I mean she's a young girl and that kind of thing shouldn't happen in today's world," said neighbor Temieka Clay.

Clay said she got home from work Monday evening to find her next door neighbor's home circled by police tape. Police came to the home after getting a call a 14-year-old girl who lives there was shot while selling candy on Clemons Road.

"Witnesses said she was walking down the road and they heard a single gunshot and saw her go to the ground," said Clayton County police Lt. Steven Palmer said.

The girl was with her 18-year-old brother, who brought Clayton County police to Clemons and Spivey roads.

He told investigators they were going door-to-door selling candy when someone in a white sedan shot his sister once in the stomach.

But, the teens called police from their home over the Henry County line, half a mile away. Investigators brought the brother back to the house and eventually took him in for questioning.

"Very shocked, just don't know what happened," Clay said.

That's what police in two counties are now trying to find out.

A Clayton County police source told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri they're investigating whether the 18-year-old brother accidentally shot his sister.

Henry County police said they are standing by in case they need to get a search warrant for the teen's home.

Shortly before 9 p.m., Viteri saw a car pull up to the house, but after the two men inside spoke briefly with the lieutenant on the scene, they left without stopping to speak to her.

Clay said her thoughts are with the 14-year-old girl who she describes as a good kid.

"My heart goes out to her and her family. I hope she recovers," Clay said.

At this time, Clayton County police said they haven't charged anyone with this shooting.

The 14-year-old girl went to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston where police said she was in stable condition and underwent surgery.



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