Teen’s body dumped in SE Atlanta near federal penitentiary

A teenager was killed in a shooting Thursday afternoon in southeast Atlanta.

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A teenager was killed in a shooting Thursday afternoon in southeast Atlanta.

A 19-year-old was found dead from a gunshot wound in southeast Atlanta on Thursday afternoon, his body apparently dumped alongside the road, officials said.

Atlanta police responded to a person shot call just after 1:30 p.m. in the 800 block of Custer Avenue, the department said in a news release. At the scene, police found the teenager already dead.

Investigators think the victim, who is not believed to be from Georgia, was walking with another man in the area when the two got into a car together, homicide commander Lt. Daniel Genson said at the scene. There were shots fired, and the teen’s body was dumped into the street, spokeswoman Officer TaSheena Brown confirmed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

He was later identified as Stephon Middleton.

The location of the shooting is just across a creek from the state facility complex that houses the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Georgia Department of Public Safety and the United States Penitentiary Atlanta. Officials did not provide any other details about the circumstances of the shooting, but the scene remained active hours after the initial call.

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