Tommy Lee Robinson was killed after a fight in a subdivision Friday night. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Recent high school graduate, athlete killed after fight

A former Paulding County High School athlete was shot and killed Friday in a subdivision after a fight, Dallas police said. 

Tommy Lee Robinson, 18, had just left a football game at the school when he went to the Ivy Trace subdivision, Dallas police Capt. Bill Gorman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A fight broke out at a home and Robinson was shot and killed, Gorman confirmed.

“There were two different groups of young people who have been at odds for a year ... and it came to a head Friday,” Gorman said.

Police are still investigating why the two groups were fighting. They do not believe the shooting was gang-related. 


Gorman said current and former Paulding County High students between the ages of 16 and 19 were involved in the incident that also injured 18-year-old Timothy Nelson. He suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was treated at WellStar Paulding Hospital. 


On Tuesday, Dallas police issued a warrant for an undisclosed suspect and charged that person with murder and multiple counts of aggravated assault, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Surrounded by loved ones at a vigil Sunday, Robinson’s mother, Melinda Lee, said she hopes her son’s shooter comes forward. 

“This is the last thing any mother wants to do,” she told Channel 2 Action News. “You see it over and over again, and you always hope to God it’s not you.” 

Robinson, who played football in high school, graduated in the spring and was headed to college, according to the news station. 

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