Army reservist allegedly shot by teen in Kirkwood

kirkwood photo by Travis Hudgons

A man and a teenager have been arrested and are being held without bond for their alleged roles in shooting an unarmed Army reservist in Kirkwood Dec. 26.

Xavier Arnold, 21, was shot in the head during an attempted robbery by two men as he and his girlfriend walked on a bike trial in Kirkwood. Another friend nearby was shot in the leg, police said.

According to police, Qutravius Palmer, 22, turned himself in to police Jan. 1 and has been charged with felony murder and armed robbery.

The 14-year-old teenager, whose name is being withheld because he’s a juvenile, also faces armed robbery and murder charges.

Ebb Sanusi, the friend walking with Arnold and his girlfriend, reportedly told police that the 14-year-old pulled out a pistol and demanded Sanusi’s wallet, while Palmer grabbed Arnold. The four began grappling and the teen shot Sanusi in the upper thigh.

According to police, as Arnold and Palmer struggled, Palmer began to yell at the teenager, “Shoot him. Shoot him.” The teenager allegedly fired and struck Arnold in the back of the head.

Arnold was also a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design. His funeral was held Jan. 4 at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia.

“He is the face of a new revolution; a fight against crime. The entire Kirkwood community and the city of Atlanta [stand] behind the movement to take back the community and demand justice,” Arnold’s cousin James Conley said.



One thought on “Army reservist allegedly shot by teen in Kirkwood

  • January 15, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    First : To the family and friends of Xavier Arnold, my kindest thoughts and deepest sympathy, prayers lifted for your comfort. Thank you for Your Service. Semper Fi my brother.

    A 22 year old thug tells a 14 yr old fool to soot this man in the face and he does it. Be on guard in these neighborhoods for there is danger close by. The revolving doors of Fulton County and DeKalb Courts provide a never ending stream of Very Dangerous Felons upon our streets.

    Many neighborhoods from West Atlanta, thru South Atlanta and extending thru South and East DeKalb are not as safe as Haiti. I have had business owners in South DeKalb that were from Haiti to tell me that they infact were safer in Haiti than South DeKalb. Many of the murders in Larry Johnson’s District Three go un-solved. Police response averages about 40 minutes if they come at all.

    Ride thru South DeKalb, look at the seedy bars and stores selling all matter of crap to our children. Where are the DeKalb Police? We have no police patrols. When these same seedy bars close in the early morning hours, their customers race up and down the streets throwing bottles and cans everywhere = the police do nothing and the Fire Chiefs could care less about overcrowded bars. Does not make for a safe enviroment placing all in the Metro Atlanta Area at peril.


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