CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - Police are seeking the public's help in locating a suspect they said is still on the loose after a deadly shooting Monday night.
said Jeremy Milbry, 22, was fatally shot while walking with his family at the Stone Brook Apartments on Norman Drive in Clayton County.
Police sent Channel 2 Action News a picture of the suspect Tuesday night, but later cleared him in the case.
The victim's relatives told Channel 2’s Amy Napier Vitieri they were walking near their mother's apartment when a group of people they didn't know confronted them and shot at them before running off.
One family member caught one of the suspects and held him until police got to the scene, not realizing yet his brother had been hit and killed.
“(He took) my son, he took a father, he took a brother, an uncle. That's what he took from us,” said mother Shawn Johnson.
“Three guys and three girls approached us. The guys started surrounding us,” said Malik Johnson, Milbry’s brother.
Malik Johnson said he was walking with his brothers when a group confronted them and one of the guys pulled out a gun.
“He started shooting; I just fell and hit the ground even though I wasn't shot. That's when he started shooting at my brothers," said Johnson.
Malik Johnson said he ran after them and managed to get one of the guys and hold him until police got there. Investigators believe another man left in a stolen gray Acura SUV.
“I came out the house. That's when I saw my son laying on the ground,” Johnson told Viteri.
She said her sons didn't know the people in the group.
“I encourage his mother, family members, reach out to him, turn him in and face the consequences,” Johnson said.
said Milbry was a support for them and a loving dad to his 2-year-old son.
“It's just sad. I didn't get a chance to tell my brother I loved him,” said Malik Johnson.
“(The) last words I said to him yesterday morning was, ‘Be safe,’” said Terrance Johnson, another one of Milbry’s brothers.
Johnson had a message for parents as well, urging them to take a stand and in her words, “not cover up for kids who do wrong.”
“It's time that you will be held accountable. It's a new day in 2015, change is going to come with these kids,” Johnson said.
Police are still searching for the gray Acura RDX as they try to find that second man.
The family is planning a vigil for Milbry on Saturday.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.