15-year-old Henry County girl killed after 5 shot at middle Georgia party

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — A 15-year-old girl from Henry County has died after five people were shot at a party in middle Georgia.

The Warner Robins Police Department said the victims were at a block party on Saturday when someone called police about the crowd.

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When officers arrived, police said someone started shooting from inside a car, leaving five teenagers with gunshot wounds.

“I hear all these gunshots. I mean they were just going off. Boom! Boom! Boom!” a neighbor said. “I got on the floor of my bedroom.”

Tanyla Johnson, 15, was taken to the hospital, where she died. Police said Johnson, who was from McDonough, had been visiting family in Warner Robins.


Johnson was a volleyball player at McDonough High School.

The head coach of the varsity volleyball team posted an emotional message on Twitter.

“Every single one of these girls are like my children and I know we are all hurting but we will get through this together,” the coach wrote.

McDonough High School’s Athletic Department released a statement on the beloved teen’s passing that reads,

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our WarHawk Family members. Tanyla was an excellent student and gifted athlete that brought smiles to each of us. She will be missed by her fellow teammates, classmates and the faculty and staff here at McDonough. We ask that you please keep her family members, as well as her McDonough High family members, in your prayers as we try to begin the healing process.”

She also called on the community to come out and show support by wearing blue at Tuesday night’s match.

Four other teens were also shot. A 16-year-old boy was shot in the hand. A 17-year-old girl was shot in the legs. An 18-year-old girl was shot in the cheek and a 17-year-old boy was shot in the foot.

Police said their injuries were not life-threatening.

Police have not identified the injured victims or released any information about any potential suspects.

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Anyone with information is asked to call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.

It was the second mass shooting in just hours in Georgia over the Labor Day weekend.

Early Sunday night, six people were shot and one injured after a fight broke out in the middle of downtown Athens. Police are still searching for the shooter.


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