Little League board to meet at field where teen found shot

bpurser@macon.comFebruary 24, 2014 

An emergency meeting of the board of directors for the Macon Little League has been scheduled for Monday night after the weekend fatal shooting of a 16-year-old.

Damion “Pety” Clayton of Macon was found on the yellowed grass of Tom Fountaine Field after he’d been shot multiple times at 7:45 p.m. Saturday and taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia. He was pronounced dead at the hospital by Coroner Leon Jones.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the field on Anthony Road near Wren Avenue.

Board member Bernard Snell said the meeting was called for the board to determine how to address the situation and whether to continue with a scheduled cookout planned for this coming Saturday at the field.

Several parents have called board members concerned about the safety at the field, said Snell, who noted that the incident was isolated, took place when no Little League activities were scheduled and when the field was not in use.

He said Clayton did not participate in Little League.

Board members are concerned that the shooting may impact upcoming registration for baseball and softball, Snell said.

He said he’s hopeful the planned cookout will not be canceled. He said flyers were expected to be passed out in a few days about the cookout to invite children in nearby neighborhoods to participate in Little League.

“My plan is that we move forward and not be discouraged but that will be discussed as well,” Snell said.

Although the meeting is designed for board members, parents and other members of the public are welcome, he said.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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