By Joel Hall and Curt Yeomans
A College Park man and a Riverdale man died shortly before Christmas in two unrelated shootings. In addition, police have reported that a Jonesboro child shot himself in the face with his stepfather's gun.
Clayton Police reported that Noel Douglas, 22, of Riverdale, was killed as a result of an overnight shooting. Douglas was attending a party on Misty Meadows Cove in Riverdale with nine to 14 other people, according to Lt. Rebecca Brown, police department spokesperson.
The shooting took place at 1:30 a.m., Wednesday, after a disagreement at a home down the street from where the party was being held, she added.
Police were informed in a 911 call that the victim was being transported to a hospital by his brother and some friends in a personal vehicle, Brown said. Upon intercepting the vehicle, the police and medical personnel found the victim had already died.
Brown said it is unclear why or how the victim got from the location of the party to the house where he was shot. She also said there are no suspects or leads at this time.
In a separate incident, police reported that a four-year-old Jonesboro boy shot himself in the face with his stepfather's gun.
The shooting happened Tuesday at approximately 8:47 p.m., at 514 Fielding Circle in Jonesboro, according to Brown. The child was taken by helicopter to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.
"The child went into surgery, and that's all we know," Brown said on Wednesday. "The last word we had was that he was still alive."
Brown said the boy was in "critical condition." The police are not yet releasing the stepfather's name.
Police also reported that earlier Tuesday night, Marion Turner, 26, of College Park, was shot and killed during an altercation at "The Spot," a night club and sports bar located at 8514 Hwy. 85 in Clayton County.
Turner, who was shot once in the face and once in the shoulder, succumbed to his injuries a short time later at Southern Regional Medical Center. Police have yet to identify the suspect, who according to police, entered the club around 5:50 p.m., initiated an argument with Turner, shot him, and fled the scene.
Brown said Turner and the suspect were both regular patrons of The Spot. Police are looking for a black, 2002-2003 model Chevy Monte Carlo as the possible getaway vehicle.
"The investigators are interviewing witnesses and who was in the establishment," she said.
Clayton County Police Chief Jeff Turner (no relation to Marion Turner), said the night before Christmas Eve was "an anomaly, to say the least."
"It's been a very, very long time since we have had three shootings in one night," said Turner. "It appears that all of the victims and shooters had relationships. It wasn't stranger-on-stranger crime."
If anyone has any information about any of the shootings, they are encouraged to contact the Clayton County Police Department at (770) 473-5400.