Shooting outside shopping center leaves teen dead in Marietta

Marietta police said when they arrived at the crime scene, they found a black man lying in the parking lot.

MARIETTA, Ga. — Police are searching for a killer who shot a teen outside a restaurant.

Channel 2's Tom Jones was outside Wellstar Kennestone Hospital when members of the victim's family arrived to find out their grandson had died.

Jones said Tyon Gorman’s two sets of grandparents were grief-stricken over his death.

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He also spoke with a worker inside a food mart near where the teen was killed. Ali Raza said he heard three to four gunshots as he worked inside the Citgo gas station on Bells Ferry Road.

Then he noticed a commotion outside and saw a man on the ground with people surrounding him.

“They (tried to) help him, but I think he was dead,” Raza said.

Marietta police said someone shot Gorman in the parking lot outside a Chinese restaurant at the strip mall around 6:30 p.m.

Officers said they don't have many details about how it happened.


“At this point, I simply don't know what the incident was that sparked this shooting,” Officer Chuck McPhilamy with the Marietta Police Department said.

Jones then went the hospital, where family members gathered.

“We just don't know what happened,” Gorman’s grandmother Patricia Sarter told Jones. “He got shot three times.”

Sarter said she has no idea who would want him dead.

“I can't wait to find out and I pray they find out,” Sarter told Jones.

What they do know is gun violence has claimed the life of another young black man.

“All these young folks with these guns and they are killing each other off. It's not very good,” grandfather James Sarter said.

Police say the gunman got into a white car with a spoiler on it and took off northbound on Bells Ferry Road.