Teen shoots friend in the head

By Chauncy Glover - bio | e-mail

CUSSETA, GA (WTVM) - GBI officials responded to a shooting just after around 4:00 Monday afternoon at 120 Cooper Circle. Officials say 19 year-old Demarkus Luke was shot in the head. They say his 17 year-old friend, Quentin Sawyer, may have been the gunman.

Luke was taken the Medical Center where he had to undergo emergency surgery.

Quentin was taken into custody and questioned at the Chattahoochee County Sheriff's Department. He has been released and charged with reckless conduct and possession of a firearm by a minor.

"It's very, very unfortunate that this happened here. Hopefully people will wake up. These guns are senseless. It's senseless to have guns floating around here and getting into the hands of children," says neighbor, Johnny Jones.

"We haven't been able to talk with the victim. We have recovered the weapon at the scene. But, we'll continue to talk with witnesses through the night and try to determine what they observed and put the pieces of this puzzle together as we try to find out what actually took place outside of this residence," said GBI Agent Trebor Randle.

And neighbors are left wondering, "Why? Wondering...why? Somehow we'll heal," says Jones.