ALBANY, Ga. — 13-year-old Darius Wallace died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen on Saturday, and now two juveniles have been arrested – including the alleged 11-year-old shooter.
The 11-year-old has been charged with felony murder and tampering with evidence while a 15-year-old has been charged with possession of a firearm and tampering with evidence. Both are being held in a youth detention center. Reports on what led up to the shooting of Wallace are sketchy, especially since no one seems to be talking, but additional charges could be pending as the investigation continues, according to Dougherty County Child Death Team Investigator Greg Blackmon.
“We’re trying to unravel what’s going on. Like I said the appropriate charges will be based on everything that is revealed from the investigation. We want to find out what happened with the forensics of the situation. What the witnesses are saying,” District Attorney Greg Edwards said.
What is being reported is that Wallace and some other kids were inside the home of the 15-year-old charged boy where no adults were present but a small caliber handgun was. At some point, Wallace was shot in the lower abdomen and would be pronounced dead a few hours later. Police do not believe the shooting was gang related, but since no one is talking, they don’t know exactly what transpired.
Police have yet to find the gun used to shoot Wallace which is why both youths were charged with tampering with evidence. The 11-year-old is the youngest person in Dougherty County history to be charged with murder. Kudos, I guess.Tags: Crime, Darius Wallace, Georgia, Juvenile, Murder, Shooting