Teen father killed, 3 hurt in drive-by shooting

Cederrius Hastings, seen with his 8-month-old baby, was killed in a shooting Friday morning in Jackson. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

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Cederrius Hastings, seen with his 8-month-old baby, was killed in a shooting Friday morning in Jackson. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

A 16-year-old who planned to play college football and become a chef was shot and killed Saturday morning, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Cederrius Hastings, father to an 8-month-old baby, died in a drive-by style shooting, where three other teenagers were also shot and wounded about 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

Hastings’ family told Channel 2 the 16-year-old Griffin High School honor roll student was at a graduation party when he was shot and killed.

As the party was ending and people were leaving, another group did a drive-by shooting, Long said.

“It was a girl’s graduation party,” Kaniya Jones, Hastings’ cousin, said. “He was trying to run and got shot. That’s all I know.”

One female and one male were still in the hospital Sunday, according to Channel 2, but whereas the male was expected to be released by afternoon, the girl’s injuries were expected to keep her in the hospital longer.

All four teenagers came from Griffin to the Levi Barnes Road residence in Jackson where deputies found them, Butts County Sheriff Gary Long said.

About 150 people were outside as the party broke up and adults were getting teenagers to leave, according to Channel 2.

No suspects have been officially identified, but Maj. Darrell Powers told Channel 2 deputies are looking for more than one shooter and shell casings from at least three different guns were found. They also have a description of the car they believe was involved.

Spalding County Schools told Channel 2 counselors will be at Griffin High School Monday.

If you have any information pertaining to this shooting, please contact the Butts County Sheriff’s Office at 770-775-8216.