FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - Police have arrested a man accused of opening fire in a drive-by shooting during a block party in South Fulton County last month, injuring two young children and an adult.
Fulton County police announced the arrest of Demetrius Deantae Gordon during a news conference on Tuesday. Gordon is charged with possession of a firearm by convicted felony, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. A court hearing is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. on May 16.
Police said Gordon fired shots into a bouncy house set up in the middle of a cul-du-sac on Buckhurst Drive.
The grandmother of 3-year-old Lawrence Williams told FOX 5’s Portia Bruner her grandson suffered a deep graze wound to the back. Police have not released updates about the condition of the 5-year-old girl who was shot or the man who was injured in the gunfire. Witnesses said she was critically wounded.
"Two kids got shot and that's the horrible part. You come to a neighborhood and shoot at kids in a jumper? That doesn't make you hard. That makes you a coward," said Kendrick Veal, who organized the afterschool event for children in his Pointers Ridge Community.
Commanders on scene called those responsible "horrible," and asked for witnesses with information to come forward "for the sake of the victims."
Police said they responded to the scene at 6:50 p.m., after reports of shooting outside the home. Authorities on the scene said there were numerous people outside the home and children playing in a bounce house, when a vehicle drove up to the scene, and people started an argument; officers said gunfire erupted and at least a dozen shots were fired, but could not immediately give details as to who was responsible or how many weapons were present.
Witnesses said a silver vehicle fled the scene. Authorities said a lookout was placed for a silver vehicle, but could not provide a detailed description of the car.
FOX 5 News was able to confirm a 3-year-old, a 5-year-old and an adult in their 20s were admitted to Southern Regional Hospital, which was placed on a temporary lockdown upon their arrival.
Police said the 3-year old and 5-year-old were later transported to Children Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.
Investigators said they are searching for surveillance of the ordeal from neighboring homes.
Police said numerous people on the scene were not cooperative with providing information and ask any witnesses to come forward to call Fulton County police with tips at 404-613-6600.