5 teens arrested after man killed over his cellphone

Five teens have been arrested and police are searching for a sixth suspect in the shooting death of an aspiring filmmaker found last year along a road in Lithonia, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Leevon Daniels, 27, of Conyers, was found dead of a gunshot wound at Swift and Main streets on May 6, 2015.

Lithonia police announced Tuesday that they have arrested five teens and identified another teen in connection with the case, Channel 2 reported. That sixth suspect is 16 years old.

Police claim the suspects approached Daniels near a sports bar and demanded his cellphone. Daniels then threw his phone at the group, and one person allegedly shot him, police said.

Roosevelt Smith, the chief of police, called the killing “senseless.”

He told Channel 2 a tip led Lithonia investigators to the teen suspects.

“We received additional information that led us into another direction,” Smith said. “And based on the field work, we were able to come up with the various names of the individuals.”

Daniels didn’t know the suspects, said Smith, who stood next to the victim’s family at a news conference.

“They took away a vital part of our family and we just hope they can take responsibility for what they’ve done,” said Crystal Morris, Daniels’ cousin.

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