The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has identified and released photos of three people involved in a shooting at a Sweet 16 birthday party that left two teens dead.
The shooting happened on March 4, when over 100 teenagers were at a party on Talkeetna Road and someone opened fire.
Ajanaye Hill,14, and Samuel Moon,15, who were both innocent bystanders, were killed. Deputies said seven other teens were injured.
On Tuesday, the sheriff’s office released a video of three teenagers being taken into custody.
During a news conference on Wednesday, authorities identified the teens as Chance Terrell McDowell, 17; Timothy Coleman Jr, 18; and Chase Terrence McDowell,17.
Chance McDowell plays tackle on the varsity football team at New Manchester High School in Douglasville, according to recruitment website Hudl.
The trio is charged with two counts of mass murder, nine counts of aggravated assault, and seven counts of aggravated battery. Other charges are pending including participation in gang activity.
Deputies said the teens that were killed and injured were not the intended target.
WSB′s Candace McCowan spoke with one of the victim’s parents after she got the news about the suspects being arrested.
“I was expecting a call before the end of the week because I had been praying that they had some type of news or something for my daughter’s death,” said Chanell White, the mother of 14-year-old Ajanaye Hill. “I was happy but I also was sad because it’s not going to bring her back.”
The families of both teens have set up GoFundMe accounts for Hill and Moon.
Officials say the investigation is still active and ongoing.
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