Police look for answers in holiday shootings

By Joel Hall


Police are still piecing together clues in three separate shooting incidents, which happened in Clayton County just before Christmas.

While little has come to light in the cases, Clayton County Police are releasing a description of a suspect in one of the shootings, in the hopes he will be brought to justice.

They have yet to identify the assailant in the Tuesday night killing of Marion Turner, 26, of College Park, who was shot at "The Spot," a night club and sports bar located at 8514 Hwy. 85 in Clayton County.

But, Lt. Rebecca Brown, spokesperson for Clayton County Police, said video surveillance at the time of the slaying shows the shooter to be a black male with his hair in twists, and wearing a blue jumpsuit.

She suggested that the killer came to the club in his work attire. "It might be one of those Dickies jumpsuits people wear for work," said Brown. "He probably works outside wearing something like that, or in a place where they have bay doors open."

Brown said the suspect left the scene in a black, 2002-2003-model Chevy Monte Carlo.

In another matter, police have not filed any charges in the case of a 4-year-old Jonesboro boy, who shot himself in the face. However, police have reported that the parents of the child were not home when the incident occurred.

Shortly before 9 p.m., on Tuesday, the boy shot himself with his stepfather's gun, at 514 Fielding Circle in Jonesboro. Lt. Brown said the boy was under the supervision of a caregiver at the time of the incident.

"I don't know who was home with him at the time," she said. "I know that the parents weren't home. I don't know if it was a family member or a baby-sitter."

As of late Friday afternoon, Brown said the boy was still in critical condition at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

In yet another shooting, no new leads have been established in the Christmas Eve slaying of Noel Jamal Douglas. However, earlier police reports that Douglas was from Riverdale were incorrect. Later reports show his last known address to be 10884 South Shore Court in Hampton.

Douglas, 22, was killed as a result of a shooting early Wednesday morning at 1093 Misty Meadows Cove in Hampton. The shooting took place at 1:30 a.m., Wednesday, after an assailant opened fire on a group of people at a home down the street from where a party was being held.

Douglas had been present at the party earlier, but police have not said whether there is a connection between the party and the shooting.

If anyone has any information about any of the shootings, they are encouraged to contact the Clayton County Police Department at (770) 473-5400.