Macon teen shot multiple times found at baseball field

bpurser@macon.comFebruary 23, 2014 

A blue rubber glove and a blood stain on the yellowed grass of Tom Fountaine Field marked Sunday where a 16-year-old was found after he was shot multiple times the previous night.

Torn, yellow crime scene tape rippled in the breeze at each of the gated field entrances. The field is located off Anthony Road near Wren Avenue.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones identified the victim as Damion “Pety” Clayton.

Funeral arrangements for Clayton are pending, said his great-grandmother Dorothy Hubbard.

“We are deeply hurt and hope this won’t continue to happen,” said the 82-year-old Hubbard. She said the family would prefer to decline additional comment at this time.

A 19 year old who lives in the Anthony Homes public-housing subdivision behind the field said he heard shots fired and saw police at the field.

He said he didn’t know anything about the shooting but learned later from friends that Clayton was the victim.

“I took it hard,” said the teenager, who described Clayton as a younger friend whom he tried “to keep out of trouble.”

“He was a laid-back dude,” he said of Clayton. “He didn’t bother nobody unless somebody bothered him.”

He said he had been friends with Clayton for several years.

“I just want him to know that I loved him, and I’ll never forget him,” the teen said, “And I’m keeping his family in my prayers.”

Most residents who lived in the subdivision directly behind the field said they did not hear or see anything and did not know anything about the shooting.

One resident, who did not want to give her name, said she saw two boys walking up to the field that evening. Later, when she was taking out the trash, she said she saw an ambulance at the field and then police cars.

Another resident, who did not want to give his name, said he’d heard Clayton may have been shot behind one of the subdivision duplexes and had collapsed in the field where he’d fled.

Two separate paths at broken down-parts of the chain link fence at the back of the field go down into the subdivision.

A Bibb County Sheriff’s Office news release stated that the shooting happened at 7:45 p.m. and that Clayton was found in the field and taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia. He was pronounced dead at the hospital by Jones.

Bibb County sheriff’s Lt. Randy Gonzalez said authorities were declining to release any additional information Sunday.

“They’re still investigating and working on that case,” he said.

The field at 2230 Anthony Road is less than a mile from Clayton’s home on Lilly Avenue.

Anyone with information in reference to this incident is urged to contact the Bibb Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500 and asked to leave a message for an on-call investigator or call Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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