NORMAN PARK, GA (WALB) - Investigators say a group of teens planned a robbery in what turned into a deadly shooting.
In all, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced seven teens were arrested in connection to it.
The shooting happened on July 5th at a home on Georgia Hwy 256 in Norman Park.
According to a report, the victim, identified as John Hester confronted the teens.
"While they were doing so, Mr. Hester, the victim in this case, encountered them in front of his residence. A gun fight ensued, and Mr. Hester was struck by a bullet," said GBI Special Agent In Charge Bahan Rich.
Hester was shot in his yard, and later taken to Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, where he died.
The Colquitt County Sheriff's Office initially responded to the scene, and requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 9 Office assist in the investigation. The Norman Park Police Department assisted in the investigation as well.
Tykerious Jones, 17, Adrian Robinson, 19, Derrick Phillips, 18, Brandon Wynn, 18, Christian Glover, 18, I-Key Pinkins, 18, and Ty'Cameron Hayes, 18, were taken to the Colquitt Co. Jail.
The suspects were arrested on July 15th and 16th, and charged with murder and criminal attempt to commit armed robbery.
Community members said they were shocked.
"I got my truck running and I ain't even worried about nobody getting it, I can lay my pocket book down and don't even worry about it," said resident Sarah Brown.
She grew up in Norman Park, and said it's a tragedy to see something like this happen.
She said she knows the Hester family, and some of the suspects that were charged with murder.
"We as people, we need to start praying and coming together as one and you know like these young kids, ain't no telling what was going on," added Brown.
Investigators said the suspects actually intended to rob Hester's son.
Law enforcement officers believe that a firearm taken during the burglary was used in the shooting of John Hester.
Anyone with information that could help police is asked to contact the Norman Park Police Department at 229-769-3611 or the Colquitt County Sheriff's Office at 229-616-7430.