Arrests made in shooting of teens at a Decatur gas station

Officials with DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit announced that they recently made two arrests in connection with a shooting that left one teenager dead and another injured.

On Sept. 8, officials said that with assistance from the U.S. Marshal’s Office, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit arrested 24-year-old DeQuan Mosley and 26-year-old Thaddues Mosley, both residents of Atlanta, in connection with the shooting of 19-year-old Erika Stephens and the shooting of 19-year-old Rashawn Galbreath at a gas station on Flat Shoals Road in Decatur.

The crime occurred on Sept. 4 following an argument between the suspects and the victims, stated investigators.

Galbreath survived the shooting while Stephens succumbed to her injuries and died, stated officials.

After being located at a residence in Decatur, taken into custody without incident and transported to the DeKalb County jail, both suspects were charged with felonies including malice murder and aggravated assault with a weapon, stated officials.

Reducing gun violence, particularly at gas stations and convenience stores, has been a topic of conversation – and at the center of recent legislation – among officials in DeKalb County.

In December, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners passed an ordinance requiring convenience stores and certain other businesses to own and operate a video surveillance system that must be in continuous operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week and meet certain placement and clarity standards.

Most recently, on Sept. 7, officials from DeKalb County government and DeKalb County Police Department talked about gun safety at a press conference following several recent shootings that have injured or killed innocent bystanders.

At the press conference, DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond said he will join 50 mayors in Georgia who are petitioning Gov. Brian Kemp to “enact sensible gun laws in this state, to keep law abiding citizens safe,” beginning in January 2024.

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Jay Phillips contributed to this article.


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