Fayette County Sheriff’s investigators have been interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance video of a fatal shooting in Kenwood Park in northern Fayette County Friday afternoon.
Dead is Daquan Gillett, 18, a Riverdale football player just days away from his graduation, according to TV news reports Monday. Another so far unidentified man was wounded in the aftermath of a what started out as a friendly water gun and balloon battle involving a group of young people, including high school seniors, at the popular park near the Clayton County line.
News reports said Gillett was hit twice and fell on a sidewalk, where his twin brother held him in his dying moments. The unidentified “second person that was wounded fled the scene in a vehicle and was later dropped off at Southern Regional Hospital [in Riverdale] with non-life threatening injuries,” according to a news release from the Fayette Sheriff’s Department.
His sister set up a GoFundMe page. “I am writing this with so much disbelief and pain. My brother, Daquan Rueben Gillett, 18, was taken away from not just two sisters, a mother and father, but a TWIN. We have family in New York and other states. We are asking for help in giving our family the opportunity to come and celebrate the life of Daquan,” wrote Deashia Gillett. More than $8,200 had been raised by Tuesday morning.
Here’s what the Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page said:
“Approximately 5:10 p.m. at Kenwood Park in unincorporated Fayette County, a group of youths were participating in a water gun and balloon game when a physical altercation erupted.
“The altercation rapidly escalated as those fighting began exchanging gunfire. One victim collapsed on the scene and aid was rendered by first responders.
“This victim was transported to Piedmont Fayette Hospital and was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.
“A second person that was wounded fled the scene in a vehicle and was later dropped off at Southern Regional Hospital [in Riverdale] with non-life threatening injuries.
“Investigators are reviewing surveillance video and interviewing witnesses at this time.
“Detectives ask that anyone with information about this incident contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office at 770-461-6353. All names are being withheld at this time. More information will be forthcoming as the investigation develops.”