Teen fatally shot near metro Atlanta high school football stadium identified

A 17-year-old is wanted in the murder of a 14-year-old schoolmate in Spalding County.
Published: Oct. 2, 2023 at 8:25 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 2, 2023 at 12:28 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - A 14-year-old boy who died over the weekend after a shooting near a metro Atlanta high school football stadium has been identified, Spalding County officials confirm.

According to police, units working the Saturday game between Griffin High and Spalding High reported hearing gunshots just before 4:45 p.m.

According to an incident report filed by Griffin Police Officer J. Davenport, at the conclusion of the game, Davenport requested assistance dispersing a crowd that had gathered at the front entrance of the stadium. The officer wrote that he began to follow the crowd because there were signs of a fight.

“(A)s I ran toward the fight on 5th and Poplar I suddenly heard (3) gun shots. I transmitted over the radio shots fired, and then observed a black male running from 5th and Poplar, myself and a Deputy pursued after the Black male,” Davenport wrote. “Upon catching up to black male, myself and the Deputy noticed the victim had been shot twice, he had a gunshot wound to the neck and a 2nd gun shot in his back. I called for EMS. The victim (name redacted) was transported to the hospital by EMS.”

They found the boy, later identified as Emmanuel Dorsey, near the intersection of South 5th Street and Poplar Street, not far from Griffin Memorial Stadium.

Police said Dorsey was taken to Spalding Regional Hospital, where he later died. The Griffin-Spalding County School System said the shooting happened near the end of the game.

A lookout has been issued for 17-year-old Kaomarion Kendricks, who has arrest warrants for murder, aggravated assault, possession of a pistol by persons under 18, reckless conduct, and possession of a firearm during a felony. Kendricks’ whereabouts are unknown and he should be considered “armed and dangerous,” police said.

Kaomarion Kendricks has several arrest warrants, including for murder, aggravated assault and...
Kaomarion Kendricks has several arrest warrants, including for murder, aggravated assault and reckless conduct, according to Griffin police.(Griffin Police Department)

Investigators believe Kendricks and Dorsey knew each other and that the incident was not random.

“Violence of any kind is senseless and tragic and will not be tolerated in the City of Griffin,” police said in a statement, adding that anyone caught helping the teen will be charged.

READ: Griffin-Spalding County Schools statement on the shooting incident and death of student Emmanuel Dorsey

“Any persons caught harboring this fugitive will be charged accordingly,” said Marie Broder, District Attorney for the Griffin Judicial Circuit.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Griffin Police Department at (770) 229-6452 or Investigator A. Ruiz at (678) 758-7914 or (470) 771-3117.