CONYERS, Ga. — Three masked teenagers were fatally shot after a shootout with a homeowner in Rockdale County early Monday, authorities said.
The incident happened just after 4 a.m. off Flat Shoals Road on White Oak Court in Conyers.. The sheriff’s office said the teens, two 16-year-old boys and a 15-year-old, were killed during an exchange of gunfire. It appears the teens were attempting to rob three people in the front yard, authorities said.
A neighbor described a Conyers residential shooting that left three teens dead as what sounded like a “home invasion gone bad for the invaders” in what the Rockdale County sheriff said could “possibly” be a Stand Your Ground or self-defense case.
Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett said the three teens were wearing masks.
“When deputies arrived they did discover masks on the young men. Again, that rose our suspicion,” Levett said. “So now we are out in the communities, speaking with witnesses, speaking of course with the homeowner involved. And of course trying to identify the young men and notify their families.”
Rockdale County deputies were able to later determine that one of the attempted robbery suspects brandished a gun and fired shots at the residents, but one of the intended victims returned fire.
One of the teens was dead at the scene, while two were transported to a hospital where they later died.