14-year-old boy fatally shot

Albany police officers work the scene of a fatal shooting Friday of 14-year-old boy on Mercedes Street.

Albany police officers work the scene of a fatal shooting Friday of 14-year-old boy on Mercedes Street.

ALBANY — A 14-year-old East Albany boy was killed Friday morning with a single shot to the back of his head, Albany Police said.


Taiun Davis

Taiun Davis, 18, was placed in custody in connection with the 11:15 a.m. Friday fatal shooting of James Anderson at his 801 Mercedes St. duplex, said Greg Blackmon, investigator with the District Attorney’s Office Child Death Team.


Matt Breeden of the District Attorney's office walks past the scene of an investigation into the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy Friday.

Brenda Howard did not hold back feelings as she spoke through tears on the 200 block of Mitchell Avenue looking across a field at the gray concrete block duplex where her nephew died.

“I think this is so sad. Something needs to be done about these kids. Something has to be done about these guns,” Howard said. “I know that boy (Davis). He is bad. Bad. I don’t even let him in my yard. Not in my house.”

Davis has a record of violent behavior, according to the Dougherty County Court website albany.ga.us. In July 2010, he pleaded guilty as a felony first offender to two counts of obstructing a law enforcement officer by use or threats of violence and a count of rioting in a penal institution.

The court paperwork stated that as a first offender he was allowed to serve three years on probation after his guilty plea.

According to Assistant Chief District Attorney Matt Breeden, Anderson was found lying face down in a bedroom, bleeding from a bullet wound to the back of his head.

“He was declared dead when EMS arrived,” Breeden said. “I didn’t see any other wounds to the back of his body.”

There were several other youths in the home when police arrived, Breeden said. A few of them scattered when police arrived. Breeden said he did not know what the youngsters were doing there.

Howard said that Anderson had been suspended from school, but she didn’t know anything about the other children.

Putting the pieces together, including the reports that Davis pedaled from the duplex on a bicycle, police traveled a little more than a half mile to the Davis residence at 501-A Bobbitt Drive.

Davis sat in a car with his mother as officers approached the house looking for him, said a police source. He did not resist being taken into custody. A gun was found, but no details on it were available.

Police brought Davis in for questioning to the Law Enforcement Center at 201 W. Oglethorpe Blvd.

According to police statistics, if Anderson’s death is not found to be an accident it would be the 11th homicide in the city during the first nine months of this year. The city had 11 homicides in all of 2010, up from eight in 2009.


Terihdfxr 3 years, 11 months ago

When and how do we stop this insanity ? Children killing children. God help us all.


WJReady 3 years, 11 months ago

I live in Miami and this happens everyday.... Brutal and all I can say is keep your loved ones close and away from the areas you know to be violent. You must also be vigilant to your surroundings and stay out of harms way. My next door neighbors nephew was killed in school in the eight grade, while in the bathroom washing his hands. Throat was slit wide open.

Seriously, teach the kids to be aware and to report any and all issues they find or feel to be threatening or dangerous to a parent, teacher, police but someone. It will prevent a tradgedy...


tbmuch 3 years, 11 months ago

Destruction, destruction, we are headed for destruction (and some has already made it there). Parents, guardians, school officials, officers of the law, penal system and pastors have better get serious about : training, prevention and detaining those that has a propensity toward violent, no matter how young or old. Period.


fcarroll 3 years, 11 months ago

The gun did not kill the child, the person pulling the trigger did. As they say, the pencil did not mis-spell the word, the writer did. We need to place the blame where it belongs. We let discipline be taken out of the homes and God taken out of public places and he is not shared with our children in our homes, it is our fault for sitting back and let the government remove the things that are true and honest from our lives.


chinaberry25 3 years, 11 months ago

Brenda, what needs to be done about these kids? Look in the mirror. You and your family chose to bring them into the world and expect the world to feed, cloth and discipline them. Am I missing something. Boy who is accused was trouble in Middle School, dropped out of high school. Boy who was killed was OSS, so the very least was fighting. Do not expect society to raise your children. Sure it take a village, but the village has done its part, now when are the parents going to start? Look around, kids roaming streets all times of the night, joining gangs, robbing folks houses. MLK would be ashamed of Albany. Aberthany has already spoken, but it appears no one listed to these great leaders.


fcarroll 3 years, 11 months ago

You ar so right chinaberry25.


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Alb5any 3 years, 11 months ago

It all begins with the parents. God bless all who were involved.


firefly 3 years, 11 months ago

Lord help us all! Start putting these "bad" kids in juvy!


Barny_Gumble 2 years, 6 months ago

Line him up in front of a wall. Give him a cigarette. Then SHOOT!


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