Father charged after 8-year-old fatally shoots 6-year-old in Stone Mountain

A DeKalb County Police vehicle. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Stone Mountain, GA — A father is facing charges following a deadly shooting at a Stone Mountain residence.

“On April 8, 2022, at approximately 1:05 pm, DeKalb Police responded to 3850 Wood Path Dr, Stone Mountain GA in reference to a report of a person shot,” a spokesperson for the DeKalb Police Department said. “The victim, a Black male, 6-years-old, was transported to a local hospital by a family member but succumbed to his injuries. The investigation into this case has revealed that the victim was accidentally shot by his 8-year-old brother. The father, D’Onte Patterson, (29 years old), has been charged with murder 2nd degree and cruelty to children.”

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