East Point police have tied the car suspected of being involved in the killing of a 14-year-old boy to at least seven other crimes, Channel 2 Action News reported Tuesday.
Police found the black Chrysler 300 in the middle of Flat Shoals Road and determined it had been carjacked in Clayton County earlier this month and its owner shot, the television station reported.
The car was seen Monday speeding away from the Lakeshire Village apartment complex on Spanish Trail, where Anthony Harris, 14, was shot and killed while sitting in a breezeway. Two other young people were wounded: Delvicco Howard, 17, and Marquis Cullins, 23.
“We believe Cullins was the intended target and unfortunately Mr. Harris got caught in the crossfire,” Capt. Cliff Chandler told the news station.
Previously Chandler had said police had no motive for the shooting. Now police are processing the car for DNA and fingerprints. The vehicle was tied to at least seven crimes, some of which involved gunfire, in Douglas, Fulton and Clayton counties, police said.
Police have made no arrests. Chandler said no weapons were found at the East Point shooting scene.
“It looks like all the gunfire was one way — from the perpetrators to the victims,” he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Police said three males in the black Chrysler 300 with temporary tags drove into the complex and started shooting assault-style rifles, killing Harris and injuring another teenage boy and girl.
Harris’ mother, Myliaka West, told Channel 2 she was at home in the apartment complex when she learned that someone had shot her son.
“I kept yelling to everybody out here, ‘How can you kill a child? Who is that sick to kill a child?’” West told Channel 2. “This is somebody that I can never get back up, bring back up — this is my child.”
She believed her son was killed because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Anyone with information on the case should contact East Point police at 404-761-2177 or 404-559-6226. Callers can remain anonymous.
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