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Arrests made in shooting of Albany High student

Police arrest a 16-year-old boy who is accused of being the shooter

ALBANY — Police investigators have released additional information on Friday’s shooting of a 16-year-old student near the campus of Albany High School.

Police officials say the victim, Brenton Helstock, was shot once in the left forearm after a verbal altercation with a suspect now identified as 16-year-old Rico Cheyenn Fields. Troy Conley, chief of the Dougherty County School System Police Department, said that with the assistance of the Albany Gang Task Force, Fields was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, with additional charges pending.

Because Fields is a minor, he was placed in the Regional Youth Detention Center, Conley said.

At the time of the shooting, Helstock had been accompanied by his friend, Quars Griffin, 18, police say, who was not a student at Albany High. Griffin was later discovered to be wanted by Florida law enforcement on charges of credit card fraud, Conley said, and was arrested and taken to the Dougherty County Jail.

Julius Phillips, chief investigator with the DCSS police, said in a statement that the investigation also had resulted in the arrest of two unidentified adults and the recovery of narcotic drugs and firearms. Police officials say the identities of the two adults are being withheld pending an investigation into their connection with the shooting.

“We did find some drugs in a vehicle,” Conley said, “and we’re waiting to see how that might be tied to the case.”

In a statement, Phillips said that since the shooting occurred immediately after final class dismissal and within 1,000 feet of the high school campus, school system police made a decision to conduct the investigation, which involved “several” witness and victim interviews, crime scene evaluation, canvassing of neighborhoods, surveillance video research, searches of homes and vehicles, and “a lot of time and patience.”