16-year-old arrested in killing of another juvenile at Decatur IHOP

July 22, 2023
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16-year-old arrested in killing of another juvenile at Decatur IHOP

The Gist: Tragedy struck at a Decatur IHOP when a juvenile lost his life to gunfire on July 15. A 16-year-old, linked to the fatal shooting, surrendered peacefully on July 21 and now faces a charge of Felony Murder.

What Happened?: At an IHOP on Panola Road in Decatur, gunfire claimed the life of a young person. Within a week, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office apprehended a 16-year-old suspect believed to be responsible.

👮‍♂️ Gun Crimes in Our Communities: In the ongoing narrative of America’s complex relationship with firearms, statistics tell a tale that’s difficult to ignore. The Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit meticulously tracking gun incidents, lays it out in black and white. Here’s how it stacks up:

  • 2020 Statistics
    • Total gun-related incidents: 43,551
    • Gun-related deaths: 19,379
    • Gun-related injuries: 39,707
    • Mass shootings: 612
  • 2019 Statistics
    • Total gun-related incidents: 39,707
    • Gun-related deaths: 15,208
    • Gun-related injuries: 29,613
    • Mass shootings: 417

To Be Clear: These aren’t just digits on a page. Each statistic represents a life affected, a community shaken. And what’s more, these numbers tell us that the situation isn’t improving.

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