Victim ID’d in deadly shooting at Clayton County quinceanera; teen arrested

This is a previous mug shot of Jorge Beltran.
This is a previous mug shot of Jorge Beltran.

A 17-year-old wanted on a murder charge in a weekend shooting at a Clayton County event center was captured Monday morning, authorities said.

Jorge Beltran was taken into custody at a location in Forest Park, according to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies with the fugitive squad had been searching for the teen since the shooting at The Oasis early Saturday.

The victim, who was identified by police as 27-year-old Juan Perez Salazar, was killed after he tried to break up a fight between Beltran and another individual, authorities said. The two were attending a quinceanera at the event center, which is located off Jonesboro Road just south of Morrow.

The party is a typical coming-of-age celebration for Latina girls.

Beltran was no longer at the scene when Clayton County police arrived just after midnight. He was identified after witnesses told police the shooter went by the name “Jorge.”

A warrant was issued Sunday for Beltran’s arrest on a charge of murder.  He is being held in the Clayton County Jail without bond.

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