Two teens arrested in shooting that killed two juveniles on 17th Street bridge

Published: Dec. 7, 2022 at 11:24 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 8, 2022 at 5:36 AM EST
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - The Atlanta Police Department announced Wednesday that two teenagers have been arrested in connection to the recent shooting on the 17th Street bridge near Atlantic Station that claimed the lives of two children.

On Nov. 26, a group of teenagers was escorted off Atlantic Station property for allegedly violating the commercial property’s curfew, according to police.

The group moved off to 17th Street near the Downtown Connector overpass where investigators say a dispute broke out.

Soon afterward, shots were fired. A 12-year-old was killed on the scene, and five others were injured. The 12-year-old was later identified as Zyion Charles.

Four days later, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed a second victim had died, identifying him as 15-year-old Kameron Jackson.

“We have two shooters in custody,” said Atlanta Deputy Chief Charles Hampton Jr.

The teenagers, ages 15 and 16, are now in custody, he said. He declined to release their names because they’re juveniles.

“One was apprehended in New York,” said Hampton. “I’ll be remiss if I don’t thank MARTA and their agency for assisting us in this investigation and police officials in New York,”

At a news conference in the days following the shooting, Atlanta Police released video footage in the case as they sought help from the public identifying the suspects. Police said anyone with information leading to an arrest could receive a Crime Stoppers reward of up to $10,000.

“They were students of APS (Atlanta Public Schools),” Hampton said Wednesday as he announced the arrests. “Both of those individuals will be charged with murder, aggravated assault, and gang-related charges. They were able to say they were significantly involved, and it definitely helped our investigation.”

Hampton said the lead detective has been in contact with both victims’ parents in this case.

“Please note, that as I speak, members of this department are working to bring closure and justice to our police department,” he said.

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens and Police Chief Darin Schierbaum called the incident “devastating,” calling for more involvement from parents and the community.

“This investigation is not over,” said Hampton. “We anticipate additional charges to come forth. We’re going to hold everyone responsible for these deaths.”


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