Two Teens Shot at Ga. Soccer Park
NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) _ One teen-age girl was found shot to death at a suburban soccer park before dawn on Monday and another was seriously wounded.
Police said they did not believe the shootings were random, and that the two girls probably knew their attacker.
``If we thought there was someone out there running amok, we’d be the first to warn people. This doesn’t appear to be the case here,″ said police spokesman George Gilson.
Police responding to a 911 call about 3:45 a.m. found 18-year-old Michelle Torrez shot dead near a bicycle and jogging trail. At a nearby concession area, they found 17-year-old Robin Rainey wounded and unconscious. Rainey was hospitalized in serious condition Monday night.
No cars were found near the park, which is surrounded by office parks and commercial areas, police said. There are no subdivisions within a short walking distance of the county-owned park. Gilson would not release details of the 911 call or say who had placed it.
The girls, who were not in school, had been living with friends. Their parents were not sure why they were in the park, Gilson said. Police did not think they had been jogging.
Neighbors in this middle-class suburb say the park is quiet at night and seldom frequented by teens, but on weekends it is packed for soccer games.
``I thought this was such a great community. This just shocked me,″ said Lori VanBuskirk, a mother of two who has coached a soccer team in the park. ``You might expect something like this in other areas but not here, not in Gwinnett County.″
At a nearby grocery store, Charman Sykes said her two sons play soccer in the park. She said violent crime is rare in the area.
Gwinnett County is one of the largest Atlanta suburbs, with about 500,000 residents, many of them living in middle-class subdivisions within 25 miles of downtown. The county had 36 murders in 1999.