Teens gunned down at graduation with hundreds of onlookers

Several teenage victims were reported after a shooting broke out at a graduation ceremony on Saturday morning.

Thomaston, Georgia police confirmed to WSB-TV that they responded to the fatal incident just before 1 a.m. The party at which the shooting erupted was at the city’s main event at the Park Place convention center and drew at least 200 people, most of whom were teenagers.

At least one victim was killed in the shooting. Akeem Ellison, 18, was taken to Upson Regional Medical Center for treatment but was later pronounced dead, police confirmed.

Another teenage partygoer, 17, whose name has not been released publicly, was flown to another hospital for treatment, while a second participant, a 15-year-old, was also taken to hospital for his injuries. Authorities have not confirmed what condition the two teenagers were in.

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A teenager was killed and two others injured in a shooting that broke out at a graduation ceremony in Georgia on Saturday.
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Investigators currently believe the shooting began as a result of a brawl between the participants. No arrests had been made as of Saturday night and police have not released details of suspects. The Thomaston Police Department is urging anyone with information about the case to call (706) 741-1899.

Thomaston has a population of over 8,700 and is located approximately 64 miles south of Atlanta.

news week reached out to Thomaston Police for comment.

As high school and college seniors graduate, a number of shootings have recently been reported at graduation ceremonies. Last week, a similarly sized party in Fayette County, Georgia, also saw a shooting after a fight broke out in the street. At least 50 shots were fired, according to WSB-TV, wounding two men and damaging numerous cars.

“Each year, towards the end of the school year, Fayette County deputies and investigators respond to similar parties,” the Fayette County Sheriff wrote in a statement on Facebook. “Many have a similar outcome when too many unwanted guests arrive and the overcrowding and often alcohol lead to arguments and gunfire. Unfortunately, those parties have ended in injury and death in recent years.”

Another shooting was reported Friday at a graduation ceremony in Anniston, Alabama, with about 150 in attendance. At least six participants, aged 14 to 20, were injured but are expected to survive. Meanwhile, another person was injured trying to flee the party. Several firearms were recovered from the scene, which was littered with bullet casings.

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Rick Schindler

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