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Teen shot during argument at Discover Mills Mall

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Mall officials called the shooting that left a 14-year-old boy wounded outside Discover Mills over the weekend an "isolated incident" Monday, as police continued the search for suspects.

According to a police report released Monday, the young victim and four friends were exiting the mall near Burlington Coat Factory at about 9 p.m. Saturday when another group of males started "talking trash." After being confronted, a light-skinned male described as wearing all black and a ponytail reportedly pulled "some kind of revolver" from his waistband.

As the victim and his friends scattered, witnesses reported hearing the unidentified suspect -- believed to be in his late teens or early 20s -- fire three shots.

The 14-year-old boy let out "a loud scream" before friends noticed he had been shot in the upper back, according to the report. He was later transported to Egleston Children's Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said Monday that no suspects had been identified.

Smith said that, prior to Saturday's incident, there had been no shootings or stabbings at Discover Mills at least "through the beginning of 2010." In that same time period, he said, police had responded to three robberies, eight assaults and 11 fights at the mall.

In a statement issued to the Daily Post, Discover Mills general manager Karl Woodard stressed the safety of his mall.

"As part of our comprehensive security program to ensure the safety of our shoppers and employees, Discover Mills is working closely with the Gwinnett County Police Department as they investigate this isolated incident," Woodard said. "Security continues to be a top priority and we will maintain a zero-tolerance policy for all criminal offenses and inappropriate conduct."

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FactChecker 3 years, 3 months ago

And yet some still think their should be no controls on hand gun sales!

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Realist 3 years, 3 months ago

The current laws don't let 14yo kids buy handguns. And there has never been a law and never will be that criminals follow. Only the law-abiding obey the law and these "controls" only make it more difficult for the certified good guys to exercise our rights to defend ourselves and our families.

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DirtyBirdFan 3 years, 3 months ago

No one said the gun was a legal one? Criminals NEVER buy legal guns. Two thumbs up Realist!

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zwburrell 3 years, 3 months ago

Yeah, check your facts, fact checker.

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cwinfrey 3 years, 3 months ago

As someone whose husband is a probation officer and has many friends who are cops, I can tell you for a fact that people who legally own guns are not the ones killing people with them.

My biggest issue is this: what kind of low-life shoots a 14-year-old in the back? I really don't care what they were fighting over; you have to be a real coward to wait until someone has their back to you before you point a gun at them. I hope whoever shot him pays for this; sadly, I've seen too many instances where justice never comes in these types of cases.

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FactChecker 3 years, 3 months ago

To Realist, DirtyBirdFan and zwburrell, Gun control is not only sales but also restrictions like requiring gun safes. If it was a parents gun (as is the case in most accidental shootings), then the law should have required it to be locked in a gun safe where no one but the licensed person has access. As for those rationalizations for not putting restrictions on gun sales because some people do not abide by them, the more guns that we allow to buy guns, the easier it is for criminals to get guns. New York gun control laws have significantly reduced the number of illegal guns on the streets of NY. In NY, many of the illegal guns have been tracked back to lax states including Georgia. We need national controls including closing the gun show loophole. As long as criminals can buy guns legally in Texas and Georgia at the gun shows, we will have a flood of black market guns. By your logic, we should not make laws against speeding because so many get by with violating speeding laws.

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TOWG 3 years, 3 months ago

FactChecker,please tell us more about this "gunshow loophole" you speak of.

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mary 3 years, 3 months ago

For someone calling themselves factchecker you either ignore the facts or are just plain ignorant. Maybe you can get Eric Holder to tell you how he approved illegal gun running by the feds to Mexican drug lords.

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Jan 3 years, 3 months ago

Assuming that TOWG is truly interested in learning and too lazy are lacks the skill to use google I refer you to http://americansunitedforsafestreets.org/pdf/loophole.pdf. If you idea is to attempt to engage in throwing out sound bites from the absurd stance of gun owner rights groups that are primarily funded by gun manufacturers, I will not waste my time responding further because anyone with basic search skills can easily discredit such statements.

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mary 3 years, 3 months ago

The comment I made to factchecker also applies to you Jan, even though I know it is a waste of time to point out any fault of Mr. Holder to you. By the way one of the major supporters of americansunidedforsafestreets is Bloomberg a left winger who calls himself a conservative. George Soros is also a supporter. Need I say more!!!

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Jan 3 years, 3 months ago

As I stated, with an elementary knowledge of google, you should be able to find overwhelming information about the loophole. I just chose to link to the one that had a very good explaination with verifiable statistics to back up the statements made by factchecker. If you are convinced that a gun control law which allows fellons and mentally unstable people to buy guns legally at gun shows but requires background checks for the purchase of guns from dealers to prevent these same people from purchasing weapons isn't a big loophole, then I really question your ability to reason.

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