South Fulton County

Teen killed in triple shooting had just started first job at Chick-fil-A

SOUTH FULTON, Ga. — Two teenagers were killed in a triple shooting Tuesday morning in the city of South Fulton.

Police said they were called out to a home on Twin Lakes Circle around 1 a.m. They found 16-year-old Grant Payton and 19-year-old Tyree Johnson dead. They also found a 15-year-old who was shot, but survived.

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Channel 2's Tom Jones talked to Payton's mother.

Donese Gordon said her son was a Creekside High School student who had just started his first job at Chick-fil-A.

"He was so excited about getting that job," she said. "He was so happy."

Grant Payton had just started his first job at Chick-fil-A.

Payton was shot and killed at his best friend’s house early Tuesday morning. The boys had been friends since they were 6 years old, Gordon said.

"He wasn't in a gang. He didn't sell drugs," Gordon said. "He wasn't just hanging out in somebody's neighborhood. He was in another parent's house."

She said her son and his friend had gone to McDonald's and were returning home when the gunmen drove up. She says the gunmen ordered them to give up their money and then opened fire.

"Grant got shot in the face. He got out of the car and ran in the house, but he collapsed and died," she said. "It's a pain I can't describe. One minute I'm crying, I'm lost and I'm numb."


A neighbor told Jones he and his wife were asleep and woke up to what they thought were fireworks. They soon realized it was gunshots.

"We just heard shooting. About 40, 50 rounds going off like it's right next to you," a neighbor said.

Police were at the scene for more than 10 hours. Detectives wrapped up their on-scene investigation just after 12 p.m. and are being tight-lipped about their investigation.

"We don't have a motive at this time," Partrena Smith with South Fulton police said.

Police could not tell us if they have any suspects or a description of the shooter or shooters.