Clayton County

Minister mysteriously shot in the head while driving home from work in Clayton County, family says

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — A man is fighting for his life in the hospital and his family is trying to figure out how a drive home from work ended with their loved one having a bullet in his head.

William White Jr. was on the phone with his fiancée when she told Channel 2′s Tom Jones she heard a loud boom and thought he had crashed.

When she used a locator app to find him, she found White with a gunshot wound to his head.

White Jr.’s family is baffled by the shooting that happened on South Main Street just outside the Jonesboro city limits near Bill Casey Parkway. There is a warehouse on one side of the two-lane road and a field of kudzu on the other.

The bullet came from the kudzu side of the road, leaving his family confused as to how this happened.

“There’s no logical way to reason this incident happening. There’s no logical way,” White’s father, William White Sr., said.

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Reverend White Sr. says his 29-year-old son was hit in a seemingly remote area. Where people can expect to be safe.

“We’re not like in a war zone. I’m riding through. It’s tanks on this side and I’m trying to navigate through. Rapid fire,” he said.

White Jr.’s fiancée was on the phone with him Monday night around 9 p.m. right before he was hit.

“And literally, I heard a boom, like mid-sentence. Like I heard a big boom,” Jaleesa Williams described.

White Jr. had just left her home and was driving on South Main Street near Bill Casey Parkway when she thought he crashed. She used an app to locate him.

“I hopped in my car and I drove up there and I saw a bullet hole in his driver’s window,” she recalled.

White Jr.’s mother says the shooting has turned her family’s life upside down.

“We don’t know who did it. And he’s fighting for his life now,” Raynell White said.


Clayton County police say they are investigating.

“He didn’t live that type of life,” White Jr.’s mother explained. White’s family says he had no enemies. They say he went home, to work or church. They say he’s an artist, does gospel rap and is a minister and was always offering a positive, encouraging word.

The family gave Channel 2 Action News a video of White Jr. offering spiritual advice.

“Be blessed today and remember you’re a child of God and how special you are,” he said as he looked into the camera.

White Jr.’s mother is asking anyone with any information to help find the shooter.

“It would bring a lot of comfort because I don’t want anybody else family member to get shot,” she said.

Police aren’t releasing any information about the shooting.

The family says they were told officers are checking surveillance cameras in the area.

The family has set up a GoFundMe to raise money to cover hospital bills.

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