(SL) – Witnesses say it happened in a matter of seconds. All was good at a house party outside of McDonough until a fight broke out and shots were fired. One bullet struck 17-year old Jesse Thomas, a kid with a bright future celebrating his acceptance to college.
His father says, “From what I heard it died down and escalated back up really quick. No one knows what happened. Punches were thrown and the guy fired … He was just shot.”
Henry County Police say about 1:40 a.m., officers responded to a house in the 1000 block of Maria Drive.
Officers found blood on the door, but no one was in the house. Soon after, Thomas arrived at Piedmont Henry Hospital with a serious gunshot wound. Police say he later died.
Now authorities want to talk to 19-year-old Dexter Covington saying he is a person of interest in the fatal shooting. Covington was seen in the area driving a black Chevy Camaro with Georgia tag RCA2611.
Thomas was about a month away from graduating. His brother, Demetrius Sullivan, spoke to reporters. He was with Jesse when the shooting happened and drove him to the hospital.
He says Jesse was talking about being accepted to Indian River State College in Florida. The senior had dreams of playing basketball and making it to the NBA. To which his brother says Jesse proclaimed, we’ll all be good.
Anyone who sees Covington is urged to call Detective Rotella with the Henry County Police Department at 770-288-8269.