HENRY COUNTY, Ga. - A Henry County family says Christmas won't be the same after their loved one was killed during a birthday party at a bar.
Police say Decoby Barlow got caught in the crossfire and was killed when three men opened fire on each other at Traxx Lounge and Grill early Sunday morning.
His family told Channel 2’s Tom Jones that he didn't deserve to die this way.
“He was a good spirited guy, didn't get in no trouble,” said Barlow’s aunt, Cheryl Stafford.
McDonough police said there was a shootout in the parking lot of the bar on Highway 155 after 2 a.m. Sunday.
“My nephew was getting into his car and he was shot in the back,” Cheryl Stafford said.
Jones went to the bar Monday and said the building was riddled with bullets from the shootout.
Police have arrested Jalon Edwards, 28, in connection to the shooting.
“I did not invite my family out for somebody to get killed,” cousin Leshaeldrick Stafford said.
He told Jones that his cousin was at his birthday party when he was killed. He said he saw him fall to the ground after he was shot.
Leshaeldrick Stafford said there were five armed security guards who did nothing to stop the violence.
“How is this man shooting in front of the club with security standing there?”he asked.
The owner of the club told Jones that he did not want to comment but allowed him to look at video that showed the altercation.
“I heard, ‘He got a gun. He got a gun,’” Leshaeldrick Stafford said.
Jones said the surveillance video showed people running out of the club when gunfire erupted.
Before the shooting, Jones said he saw a man trying to break up the altercation. People there that night identified that man as Edwards.
“Put the guns down. Put ‘em down. Why? Why? What are you proving?” Cheryl Stafford said.
Police are looking for two others in connection with the shooting.
A man who was at the club that night told Jones there is more to the story and police need to check out Leshaeldrick Stafford's version of what happened.
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