CONYERS -- A house party ended in tragedy late Saturday night after a teenager died from gunshot wounds and two others were injured, according to Conyers Police.
The shootings occurred at 1228 Tree Leaf Lane in the Preserve at Travers Creek subdivision, off of Rockbridge Road. A large party was at the residence and swelled up to 300 people at one point. Conyers Police responded to a noise complaint at the house at about 9 p.m. They received another call shortly after midnight of shots fired, according to Conyers Police Lt. Jackie Dunn.
"We had different stories that it was a birthday party and a pay the rent party," Dunn said. "There was a cover charge at the door, but it was unclear if that was being collected for rent or to pay the DJ. It was organized as a large party with a DJ and security. It just got out of hand."
Dunn said that as the party grew people were pushed outside to the front yard and a couple of fights started. The fights were followed by gun fire.
Dequavious Mapp, 18, of Conyers died at Grady Memorial Hospital from a gun shot wound to the upper abdomen. Two other teens, both males, ages 15 and 16, were in critical condition Sunday evening. The 15-year-old was shot in the back and taken to Grady is listed in critical condition. The 16-year-old was shot in the arm and remained at Rockdale Medical Center.
All three were students at Rockdale County high schools, but Dunn couldn't identify which school each of the teens attended.
Police arrested the homeowner, Jeavoye A. Jones, 21, and charged him with keeping a disorderly house. A 17-year-old male, who was at the party, led detectives Sunday to a handgun hidden in a nearby yard. Dunn said a registration check of the gun showed it was stolen.
Dunn added that there was evidence of alcohol and marijuana at the house.
Police were conducting interviews Sunday as the investigation continued as they attempt to determine who fired the guns.