DeKalb County

7-year-old boy caught in crossfire of shooting

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A 7-year-old boy is in a local hospital after police said he was caught in the crossfire of a shooting.

The shooting happened at the Spring Valley Apartments on Misty Waters Drive around 9:15 p.m. Sunday.

Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach counted more than two dozen evidence markers in the parking lot where it happened. Most were shell casings.

Investigators took hours collecting evidence across the large crime scene.

DeKalb County police said bullets were flying between two groups when one hit the boy in his arm.

They said the 7-year-old was standing several feet away when the bullet hit him.

He was taken to a hospital in critical condition but is now stable.


A neighbor saw the large crowd and heard yelling in the parking lot of the apartment complex, then ran when he heard gunshots.

“I managed to get myself around the field, thinking the shots were coming my way,” Santonio Jones said. "This is pitiful. It's pathetic to see things like this going on in my neighborhood. It's not right."

A neighbor who told Channel 2 Action News they heard the boy's mother screaming after the shooting thinks violence has gone too far and that people should not settle things like this.

Police have not released information about possible suspects. Police are still investigating a shooting at the same complex from nearly three weeks ago.