HAMPTON, Ga. - Two people are in custody after police said a teen was shot and killed attempting to sell shoes.
"They're using self-defense as a reason for the gunfire," Chief Derrick Austin, Hampton Police.
Hampton Police said they received a call about gunshots on Revolutionary Drive just after 10 p.m. Monday. Responding officers found 18-year-old Jayden Parks with multiple gunshot wounds.
"There were two guns located. One at the scene and one in this vehicle so evidently both parties appear to have had guns," said Chief Austin.
The teen was taken to Henry Piedmont Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
"I didn't know he was trying to sell them. If I had known he was trying to sell them at that time of night I wouldn't have let him outside," Johnny Parks, the victim’s father.
Parks' father said he thought his son was at a friend's house. He didn't know his son was meeting up with someone just a neighborhood over from their home.
"I was in the bed and I heard a gunshot, and I could feel it. So I asked my wife to call my son and he didn't answer so I got in my car and went looking for him," the victim’s father said.
The victim's father told police his son had gone to meet someone to sell tennis shoes he had listed on Instagram.
"My son didn't own no gun. My son didn't have a gun period," said Mr. Parks.
Police said a witness described the shooter's car. Then the shooter himself called 911 to report shooting parks in self-defense. Officers detained and questioned the admitted shooter and passenger.
"At this time they've been released pending further investigation," said Chief Austin.
Austin said the autopsy is scheduled for Thursday. After, they hope to have a report outlining a more rounded picture of what happened.