A 16-year-old boy was shot in the torso in Perry trailer park Friday night during a drug deal gone awry, police said.
Perry Police Capt. Heath Dykes said the incident happened about 7 p.m. at Westwood Mobile Home Park, located at 1109 Gaines Drive in Perry.
Two boys, ages 15 and 16, went to a mobile home at lot 70 to purchase marijuana, Dykes said. He could not give their names because of their status as juveniles. Both teens lived at the trailer park, Dykes said.
The 16-year-old got into an altercation with a resident of the mobile home, Kendal Rashaud Morgan, 27. Morgan pulled a 9mm handgun out of a sofa and shot the 16-year-old in the right side, Dykes said.
The two teenagers fled from the mobile home and soon somebody called 911. When Perry police officers arrived they arrested Morgan and arranged for the 16-year-old to be transported to The Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon. The bullet traveled completely through the victim’s right side, Dykes said. He was conscious and alert when he left Perry.
Investigators obtained a search warrant for Morgan’s mobile home Friday night. They found marijuana and a 9mm handgun, Dykes said. Morgan was charged with aggravated assault and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He was being held Saturday at the Houston County Detention Center in Perry.
The teenagers had not been charged with any crimes by Saturday, but Dykes said charges against them are possible.
Dykes said the Westwood Mobile Home Park is a high-crime area. He recalled another shooting that had occurred at the very same residence a few years ago, although Morgan was not involved with the earlier incident.
“It’s no big secret, that’s one of the problem areas in Perry,” Dykes said. “We’re trying to be proactive and have more police visibility there because of the problems we have had.”