STOCKBRIDGE — Henry County police are investigating the shooting of Stockbridge High School basketball player who just signed a scholarship to Cincinnati State College weeks ago.
Lt. Joey Smith said the 18-year-old, identified by other sources as Devale Johnson, went to Piedmont Henry Medical Center Wednesday night for treatment of a gunshot wound. Police responded to the hospital and talked to the victim. The victim told officers that he was shot while in the grassy, wooded area behind Eagle's Landing High School, said Smith.
The property can be accessed by walking through a path from a neighboring subdivision. All involved teens were trespassing, he said.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was with a group of teens and met several other teens at the wooded area to fight, said Smith. The victim was shot in the lower back and was taken first to Piedmont Henry and then to Atlanta Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, he said.
The incident apparently involved a female acquaintance of the victim, said Smith.
The suspects have not been identified at this time. Smith said he could not release any more information because the investigation is still active.
Anyone with information in regards to the identity of the suspects are encouraged to call Henry County police.
Johnson was part of the Stockbridge Tigers basketball team that won 20 games and earned a spot in the state tournament this season.
It is the second shooting involving teenagers this month in Henry County. Dalton McCollough, 17, died May 5 after being shot at his girlfriend’s house. Police charged juvenile Jared Lyon as an adult Thursday with voluntary manslaughter in McCollough’s death.