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With parents out of town, Decatur teens throw party that ends with gunshots

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With parents out of town, Decatur teens throw party that ends with gunshots

Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The parents of teenagers at a home on 100 Fairview Street in Decatur left town for the weekend, and the kids decided to throw a party.

Then things got out of hand.

According to Decatur Police Lt. Jennifer Ross, police officers went to the residence on Oct. 21 at 9:15 p.m. Officers were advised a fight was in progress and gunshots had been reported.

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“Officers arrived and observed a large number of teens who stated they were at the residence for a party,” Ross said. “Some of the teens who were attending the party and hanging out on the front porch stated approximately 15-20 males approached the front porch of the residence talking loudly and acting disorderly and requesting to come in to join the party.  When they were turned away, the males began banging and kicking on the door and a front window and an altercation ensued.”

One teen said she was pushed. A 15-year-old boy who lives at the home that was hosting the party “reported being lightly struck on the face” during the fight but “was not certain if it was intentional.” Someone broke a glass table on the porch. The group of males left the party, and then the teenagers heard several gunshots, which prompted the uninvited guests to flee.

“An 18-year-old who also lives at the home hosting the party arrived and met with police and advised her parents were out of town,” Ross said. “Officers interviewing the teens attending the party could smell alcohol on several of the teens and there were alcoholic beverages present at the party.”

The teens who were suspected of drinking were turned over to their parents. An investigator arrived and found three shell casings on the ground. There were no reported injuries and no other damage was reported, Ross said.

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