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Weekend shootings leave one dead, two wounded

By Aisha I. Jefferson

A 15-year-old Clayton County boy remains in "very critical condition" after being shot in the head Saturday night in Riverdale, Clayton County Police Capt. Jeff Turner said.

In an unrelated incident, an Atlanta man, Marcellis Hall, 30, died after being shot in the head around 11:30 p.m. Saturday in Jonesboro. Hall's ex-girlfriend, Carmen Renee Peaker, 31, also was taken to the hospital after the shooter's bullet grazed her head.

All three victims were taken to Southern Regional Medical Center Saturday.

Turner said the teen was shot at a home on Kings Road in Riverdale around 9:20 p.m. while he was waiting, with seven other teens, for his mother to pick him.

"An argument happened, and one of the guys had a handgun and shot the 15- year-old boy once in the head," Turner said.

Turner said the group of boys had been playing at Flat Shoals Park earlier Saturday, when the teens said they heard a barrage of gunfire coming from down the street.

"And minutes later, they reported a second barrage of gunfire, but this time the bullets were coming into the house where they were," Turner said. "As they began to take cover, they noticed that the 15-year-old victim had been shot one time in the back of the head."

Turner said a witness reported seeing three or four black males running from the house on foot. He said no other leads or suspects were available at press time.

Turner said an investigation into Hall's death is continuing.

Hall and Peaker were shot at the Hidden Pines Apartment Complex on Dixon Road in Jonesboro, where they were visiting a friend and waiting to pick up a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix.

When they were ready to leave, Hall got into the Grand Prix while Peaker got into the car they arrived in.

"The male suspect approached the victim and an argument ensued, which led to the suspect pulling a firearm and discharging it several times at the victim," Turner said.

Hall was shot multiple times and received a fatal gunshot wound to the back of his head, he said.

Peaker began to drive away and the gunman shot at the Maroon Monte Carlo she was driving. A bullet went through the car's rear windshield and hit Peaker in the back of the head.

"The bullet did not penetrate her skull and she is in satisfactory condition," Turner said.

He said Peaker drove herself to Southern Regional after being shot.

Hall was pronounced dead at Southern Regional. Turner said police discovered a Smith and Wesson .40-caliber handgun and approximately 12 small plastic baggies containing "suspected powder cocaine" on Hall's body, Turner said.

"A check for the Grand Prix revealed that it was a stolen vehicle out of Clayton County," Turner said.

Turner said no arrests have been made regarding this incident.