Police still searching for suspect in Stadium Village shooting

Police still searching for suspect in Stadium Village shooting

Cobb County Police sent out a release that officers responded to a call for a person shot at approximately 11:40 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Stadium Village apartment complexes in Kennesaw.

“Upon arrival, officers located a male, lying on the ground near the 4000 building, with a gunshot wound to the back,” the release said. “The male was deceased.”

Police confirmed one victim has died and an additional two were injured.

The suspects still have not been confirmed.

Police identified the deceased victim as 18-year-old Oluwafemi Oyerinde of Lawrenceville, Georgia.

The two wounded victims were identified as 18-year-old Khalil Bennett and 18-year-old Jarius Bonner. Both males were found with gunshot wounds and taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital for treatment of their injuries, the release stated.

Police determined the shooting was a result of a dispute between neighbors prior to the weekend.

Akeem Muhammed, a disabled veteran claiming to be the only witness outside at the time of the incident, said he had been walking on the sidewalk when he heard gunshots.

Muhammed said two black males ran past him and one climbed into a white 4-door Chevrolet. The other ran into a different flat and changed clothes before running out again.

Both went in the direction of Town Center Mall, away from where Muhammed was walking.

Two medical examiners arrived on scene around 3:30 p.m., and CCPD SWAT showed up at the door to the flat shortly after.

The SWAT team announced their presence and broke down the door, where six officers in full gear entered with one other officer following.

The team exited the apartment after checking both the flat they entered and the flat above it.

After 5 p.m., three other officers entered and a firetruck arrived on scene. Police tape was removed from surrounding areas, but was left in front of the scene.

CCPD’s Sgt. Wayne Delk said there was no further threat to other residents at the Stadium Village apartments.

WSB-TV’s Christian Jennings talked with students at the complex who said Oyerinde was a close friend who was studying mechanical engineering at KSU.

Police would not say if the victims were students.

The incident remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the CCPD at 770-499-3945.

An alert was not sent out to KSU students as the apartment complexes are not part of the university.

Students who live in Stadium Village claim it has security issues, such as a broken gate for the parking garage and a lack of cameras and security guards.

This is not the first time an event like this has occurred at Stadium Village.

According to prior reporting from the Sentinel, two people were injured in a shooting at Stadium Village in March 2017.

CCPD responded to a call about gunfire at the apartment complex in the middle of the night, according to police spokeswoman Alicia Chilton. Officers were told that gunshots were “exchanged between two groups at a large party.”

Chilton said that there were no fatalities, but two men suffered gunshot wounds.

The Stadium Village apartments are located off Hidden Forest Court in Kennesaw, Georgia, near Fifth Third Bank Stadium.

The complex is off-campus, luxury housing for KSU students, according to the Stadium Village website.

Alex Guevara contributed to this article.

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