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Arrest in the case of two juveniles being shot at a football game.

Post Date:10/16/2019 11:15 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, October 15, 2019 

The Atlanta Police Department is pleased to announce it has made an arrest in the shooting of two juveniles following a high school football game at Lakewood Stadium on August 17. 

Atlanta Police investigators were able to develop enough evidence to secure arrest warrants for a 15-year old juvenile (name will not be released due to age) for aggravated assault. The 15-year-old suspect was taken into custody without incident by APD’s Fugitive Unit on Tuesday, October 14. He was transported to the Metro Regional Youth Detention Center in Atlanta. 

On the night of August 17, following a high school football game between Mays and Carver high schools, Isaiah Payton, 12, and Damean Spear, 15, were outside of the southeast Atlanta stadium when they were both struck by gunfire. 

Spear was treated and released for non-life-threatening injuries. Payton was wounded by gunfire that left him paralyzed from the chest down. He will require long-term disability care as a result of his injuries. 

Investigators believe the suspect was firing at another individual when he struck Payton and Spear, who were not the intended targets. It appears there was more than one shooter involved and the investigation into this incident continues. We continue to ask the public to contact Crime Stoppers with information at 404-577-TIPS.  

“This was a reckless, heartless and cowardly act of violence that forever changed the life of a 12-year-old child and his family and deeply affected another juvenile,” said Chief Erika Shields. “Our investigators have worked relentlessly to make this arrest. I’m immensely proud of their determination in getting this individual off of the street and look forward to them finding the other shooter.”

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