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