Police tracking down leads in death of Clayton County teen

by: Liz Artz Updated:

Clayton County police investigators are following leads in the shooting death of a 15-year-old Mundy's Mill Middle School eighth-grade student.

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - Clayton County police investigators are following leads in the shooting death of a 15-year-old Mundy's Mill Middle School eighth-grade student.

His body was found on an old golf cart path that is now used as a cut-through off Inverness Trace.

Channel 2's Liz Artz spoke with a lunchroom worker who served the teen his lunch every day.

She told Artz she's still in disbelief, because she saw him every day at lunch.

Kathy Wilson told Artz everyone cried Thursday when they heard the news.

Police have not released the victim's identity for fear it could compromise their investigation. They said they wanted to give the family time to grieve and have been receiving tips from the community. They have several names and leads to follow up on.

Investigators have not left the neighborhood that backs up to the old golf course. They want to monitor who takes the cut-through where the 15-year-old's body was found.

Police said they have several leads and a few names they are following up on, and they have not ruled out that this could be a random act of violence.

Chris Johnson is moving into the neighborhood, and he said it does make him uneasy knowing the shooter has not been caught. His brother Harold lives close by and told Artz that they hope police can figure out what happened and can fix it.

There was a large police presence at the middle school Thursday. School officials said there was a crisis management team on hand for the students, faculty and staff. They also said school leaders sent a letter home with each child for their parents, so they could understand what had happened.

Police say at some point they will release the teen's name.