John Battle shot and killed, 14-year-old boy arrested: police

Shell gas station where John Battle was shot.

The Shell gas station where two groups got into a shootout, according to police.

An innocent man was fatally shot in a shooting at a gas station, police officers say. John fight, 28, was beaten while trying to drive away from the scene in the car with his girlfriend and one-year-old daughter, according to local reports from DeKalb County, Georgia, authorities. The police arrested a 14-year-old boy.

“A little boy killed my baby”, the man’s sister Kamyla Yancey told WXIA. “A little boy.”

Two groups got into a shootout around 6pm Thursday at a Shell gas station at the intersection of Covington Highway and Wellborn Road, police officers said in a statement Constitution of the Atlanta Journal Report. Battle was driving away from the gas station when the argument began, officials said.

He was hit by a stray bullet, described by police. When he was shot, the 28-year-old crashed into a nearby forest edge. His girlfriend and daughter were not seriously injured in the accident, officials said.

“Meanwhile, one of the men involved in the argument was also shot and is being taken to a local hospital with serious injuries,” the DeKalb County Police spokesman said Michael Vincent said in a statement obtained by the AJC. “The other people involved fled the scene and have not been identified.”

The injured person was reportedly the 14-year-old boy.

How many people argued in front of the gas station is unclear. Battle and his family had nothing to do with it, she said.

The teenager, who police could not identify, was arrested Friday on felony murder and armed robbery charges.

Battle’s sister urged people to “stop playing with these guns. It’s not a game.”

“He didn’t deserve it,” she said of her brother. “He was a very loving man. He just had a kid when he was 27. He lived his life.”

The investigations are ongoing.

The DeKalb County Police Department is asking that anyone with information call (770) 724-7850, according to the AJC. Individuals can remain anonymous and receive rewards of up to $2,000 by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at (404) 577-8477, texting 274637, or going to the crime fighter Website.

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