Douglas County

Police looking for ‘person of interest’ in shooting death of 15-year-old Douglasville boy

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. — Douglasville police said they are looking for a “person of interest” in a New Year’s Eve shooting that left a 15-year-old boy dead.

Police have put out a wanted poster showing a photo of a woman wearing all pink and standing next to a vehicle with the back door open. Investigators said they believe the vehicle may have gunshot damage.

Homicide, person of interest: On 12/31/21 a homicide occurred on Deering Court in Douglasville, GA. Detectives are...

Posted by Douglasville Police Department on Wednesday, January 5, 2022

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The shooting happened early on Dec. 31 at a home located on Deering Drive in Douglasville. Police said a fight broke out after a group of teens who were not invited to the party showed up at the house and someone started shooting.

The gunfire sent dozens of teens screaming through the neighborhood and left the 15-year-old dead at the home.

“I mean, they just started shooting like this is the O.K. Corral. I mean, this is just crazy,” Douglasville Police Chief Gary Sparks said.

Neighbors told Channel 2′s Tom Jones after the shooting that some of the scared teens even knocked on their doors to try to get away.

“It was chaos. It was awful,” one neighbor said.

A neighbor who did not want to be identified said she spoke to the 15-year-old victim’s mother.

“She just broke down,” the neighbor said. “She said, ‘I never let my son go anywhere. He’s such an awesome young man. And he asked to go to this party, and we allowed him to go one time.’”


Douglasville police said they are looking for as many as three or four possible shooters in this incident. They said the person who owns the home where the party took place could also face charges.

Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to contact Douglasville police detectives at 678-293-1633 or via email at Police are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the shooters.

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