Police: Teenage suspect fired 31 shots when 6-year-old was critically injured

Police are searching for a 17-year-old suspect.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — The DeKalb County Police Department has identified a suspect in the shooting that critically injured a 6-year-old boy over the weekend.

Channel 2 Action News first reported the shooting on Sweetgum Lane in Decatur around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

On Monday, the suspect was identified as 17-year-old Meshon Williams.

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Police said Williams was one of several people involved in an altercation at the home. Investigators believe the altercation started over a social media post.

After the altercation ended, police said, Williams fired 31 shots toward the house.


One of those bullets hit Z'Mari Mitchell, who was in the living room at the time. Mitchell remains in critical condition in a hospital.

Williams and several other people left the scene in an unknown vehicle. So far, no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information on Williams' whereabouts is asked to call 911.

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JUST IN: Police say Meshon Williams fired 31 shots in a neighborhood after a fight over a social media post. One of those hit a 6-year-old, who is in critical condition. https://2wsb.tv/2rqRVrT

Posted by WSB-TV on Monday, May 7, 2018
Search for suspect in 6-year-old's shooting

UPDATE: Police identify the suspect as 17-year-old Meshon Williams. DETAILS: https://2wsb.tv/2rqRVrT -------------------------- HAPPENING NOW: Police give update on the search for the gunman accused of shooting a 6-year-old boy. Stay with Channel 2 Action News for the latest updates.

Posted by WSB-TV on Monday, May 7, 2018