Arrest made in shooting that paralyzed 12-year-old outside football game

Arrest made in shooting that paralyzed 12-year-old outside football game

ATLANTA — Atlanta police have made an arrest in a shooting that took place in August outside a high school football game.

Police charged a 15-year-old with aggravated assault in connection with the shooting at Lakewood Stadium. The department is not identifying the teen because of his age.

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Two children were injured in the crossfire, including 15-year-old Damean Spear and 12-year-old Isaiah Payton, who is now paralyzed from the chest down. Officers said the two victims had nothing to do with the shooting.

"These are children, and I think of Payton, and he is affected for the rest of his life," Capt. Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel said. "He will require long-term disability care as a result of his injuries."

The shooting happened Aug. 17 outside the Mays High School and Carver High School football game.

The children were moving toward one of the gates to leave the stadium when there was an argument and people started shooting.


Police got a tip that led to the suspect's arrest.

"He is 15 years of age, and this is concerning that we have a juvenile at this age," Gwinn-Villaroel said.

Police believe more than one shooter was involved and are offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

"These are our children, and we're asking that everyone, please, if you know something, say something," Gwinn-Villaroel said.

Payton's mother told police he is going through therapy and gets angry sometimes. She was happy to hear about the arrest.

"She was relieved. She had a sigh of relief," Gwinn-Villaroel said.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.