13-year-old killed in SW Atlanta shooting, police investigating

Atlanta police said a teenager died after being shot multiple times Saturday night in southwest Atlanta.

Officers responded to 3351 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at around 11:24 p.m. 

Police said they found a boy there on the sidewalk with multiple gunshot wounds. First responders rushed him to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Fulton County Medical Office later identified the victim as 13-year-old Deshon Dubose of Atlanta.

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Deshon DuBose

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Before the shooting, officials discovered that the boy may have been at Cascade Family Skating earlier that night and at some point, left the establishment. Further down the same road is where the tragic incident occurred.

"Teen night has always been a problem, it’s nothing new," a spokesperson for the Atlanta Police Department told FOX 5. "I just hate it came to this."

An employee at a nearby business was shocked that something like this could happen.

"Like dude, how did y’all even get those guns? Why are y'all at a level of anger and beef where you have to use a gun?" he said. "It’s sad to see it because they’re younger, so they haven’t developed certain mindsets to make certain choices and decisions. But, it’s the fact that it’s still happening."

In a statement released Sunday evening, District 10 City Councilwoman Andrea L. Boone called the violence deeply disturbing:

Cascade Owner Greg Alexander declined to comment on the fatal shooting. Councilwoman Boone told FOX 5 she plans to meet with Alexander and Atlanta police later in the week to talk more about what happened.

Police have not yet identified a suspect or announced any arrests. The motive for the shooting has not been made clear.

Atlanta police said the investigation into the shooting is ongoing. If you have any information that can help, please give Crime Stoppers Atlanta a call at 404-577-8477.