The first officers were called to the shooting scene in the 600 block of Hammock Street about 7:40 p.m. Saturday. They attempted first aid on the child before medics arrived to take him to Wellstar Spalding Regional Hospital, where he died.
His name has not been released.
Jett said investigators sifted through “several rumors and witness accounts” to arrive at their preliminary conclusions.
Early in the investigation, they learned Griffin uniform patrol officers tried to stop a vehicle in the area about two hours before the shooting, but the suspects ran away, he said. The officers lost sight of them behind some houses.
They searched the area and found a bag of suspected MDMA, Jett said. The bag was turned in as evidence.
“A weapon was not found at that time,” Jett said in the release. “(Uniform patrol division) officers later made contact with the suspected driver of the fleeing vehicle, who provided them with information relative to the investigation.”
According to investigators, the gun was found in the same area as the suspected drugs. The weapon and the 12-year-old’s clothing were collected and will be sent to the GBI Crime Lab to look for fingerprints or other residue that may identify its owner.
“We will leave no stone unturned as we search for the individuals responsible for the abandonment of this weapon,” police chief Mike Yates said in a statement.
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