Granddad still a suspect

GBI probes killing of 6-year-old boy.Funeral today for child allegedly shot over a watermelon.

The GBI is still investigating Sunday's shooting in Commerce that resulted in the death of a 6-year-old boy, and believes that Michael Levigne died at the hand of his grandfather.

"Ballistics tests have not been completed, but there is no indication at all that the child was shot by anybody other than Mr. Clark," said Jim Fullington, special agent in charge at the GBI's Athens division. "There is evidence indicating that Mr. Clark was the shooter."

Robert L. Clark Jr. is accused of shooting and killing Michael in an act of domestic violence that began over a watermelon. He is also charged with shooting his wife, the child's grandmother, Linda Dale Clark. She remains in critical condition at Grady Memorial Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said Thursday.

Robert Clark suffered multiple gunshot wounds after refusing to drop his weapon at the end of a 45-minute standoff following the shootings. He remains at Atlanta Medical Center in critical condition, police said.

"I think he's expected to live," Commerce police Chief John Gaissert said Thursday.

Police responding to a 911 call of a shooting knocked on the door at 228 Troy St. near downtown Commerce at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The door was fired upon from inside the residence and police retreated into defensive positions. At least six police officers fired on Clark 45 minutes later when he failed to comply with their orders to drop his 9 mm semiautomatic handgun after opening the door to his surrounded home, police said.

Gaissert called in the GBI because the incident involved police officers firing on a residence housing children.

"I have no professional concerns about the actions of my officers based on my knowledge of the incident, but it's up to [the GBI] to make that determination," Gaissert said.

The funeral for Michael will be this afternoon in Carnesville where his maternal grandparents live. A service will be held at 2 p.m. in the chapel at Ginn Funeral Home (90 Church St., Carnesville), followed by burial at Prospect United Methodist Church cemetery.