Victory Church Shooting Update: Medical Examiner Identifies Two Dead in Front of Church
As we have previously reported, gunfire erupted in a church parking lot as a funeral wrapped up Thursday in an Atlanta suburb, leaving two people dead and another two wounded.
Police have not made any arrests in the shooting at Victory for the World Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, said DeKalb County police spokeswoman Mekka Parish.
The update in the church funeral shooting is the county medical examiners have publicly identified the two people who were shot and killed in the church parking lot.
One was a 19-year-old who got into a fight with a group of people outside Victory for the World Baptist Church in Stone Mountain following the service for 19-year-old Ryan Guider, said DeKalb County police spokeswoman Mekka Parish. The fight continued and escalated in the parking lot, where the teen got a gun from his car and he and a 28-year-old fired shots, killing each other and wounding two others, says a USA Today report.
MyFox9.com reported: DeKalb County Public Safety Director W.Z. Miller said that the men ambushed Henderson in the parking lot. Henderson then pulled a gun from a car and fired, possibly in self-defense, according to police.
The county medical examiner’s office has publicly identified the 19-year-old as Carlos Henderson Jr. and the 28-year-old as Deimetrius Heard. Henderson was believed to have been a friend of Guider’s and both men had attended the funeral, Parish said.
Henderson’s mother said that her son had rededicated his life and was trying to inspire young black males to get their lives on track. She said that she hopes his death will force young people to think twice and end the tragic circle of violence.
The two other individuals whom were injured have not been identified and their injuries are believed to be non-life threatening. The police believe they know why the fight started but will not release that information at this time.
Marcus D. Ventress, who police suspect as the killer of Ryan Guider on May 26th is still at large. Police are still seeking his whereabouts in the murder.