Authorities ID teens shot at Cherokee house party, continue search for suspect

Landon Andrews, 14, died after being shot at a Cherokee County house party.
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Landon Andrews, 14, died after being shot at a Cherokee County house party.

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The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday identified the teenagers shot at a weekend house party, leaving one dead.

Landon Andrews, 14, of Marietta, died early Sunday after being shot at a home near Woodstock, the sheriff’s office said. A second teenager, 19-year-old Jaden Simmons of Mableton, was shot in the hand and elbow, investigators said.

No suspects have been identified in the shooting, which investigators believe was the result of an earlier fight between teens in Kennesaw. But detectives continue to investigate, the sheriff’s office said.

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“They have received several tips from the public, conducted multiple interviews, and continue to review videos that were taken by individuals at the party,” an agency spokesman said in an emailed statement.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m. Sunday, deputies were called to a large house party on Victoria Road, according to investigators. When deputies arrived, multiple cars were already fleeing the area and people were running from the house.

Deputies found Andrews in the back of an SUV with a gunshot wound to the torso, the sheriff’s office said. He was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Simmons, who was also at the party, showed up at Northside Cherokee Hospital a short time later with gunshot wounds to his hand and elbow, the sheriff’s office said.

Andrews was a student at Kell High School, a Cobb school district spokesperson said Tuesday.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of one of our students,” the district said. “Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and the entire Kell community. Members of our grief counseling team are available to help our students and staff during this difficult time.”

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 678-493-4080 or Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,000 reward.

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