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Teen dies after shooting on Thanksgiving

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A teen is dead and a juvenile male is in custody after a shooting took place on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 23.

DreLandon Brown, 18, was shot around 8 p.m. in a home in the 1200 Block of Wondering Way in southeast Forsyth County. Deputies rendered first aid and CPR to Brown, but he later died from his wounds at a local hospital.

At the same time, occupants of the home identified the shooter, a juvenile male whose name is not yet released, as someone they knew. They reported he fled from the home on foot immediately after the shooting. He took his reported 2-week-old son with him. The mother resides at the Wondering Way home. Deputies established a perimeter around the subdivision and the suspect was located within minutes. He complied with officers and placed the child on the ground safely to surrender without incident. He was charged as an adult with murder and two counts of aggravated assault. He was taken to a youth detention center for processing.

The next morning, deputies and Major Case Unit detectives returned to the neighborhood to search for the suspected murder weapon. A specialized K9 search unit from Hall and Habersham County Sheriff’s Offices assisted and the weapon was found adjacent to a home in the subdivision.

The mother and child were taken to the Department of Family and Child Services after the shooting.

The shooting is still being investigated by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit along with the Crime Scene Unit.


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