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Teen killed, suspect arrested in dispute involving baby in Forsyth
2-week-old child was unhurt in Thursday night incident

A teenager was shot during a domestic dispute Thursday night in southeastern Forsyth County and later died of his injuries, according to Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman.

DreLandon Brown, 18, was identified as the victim. The suspect’s name has not yet been released.

Authorities were called to the scene of a domestic dispute around 8 p.m. at the Riverbrooke subdivision in the 1200 block of Wondering Way.

They arrived to find that one teenager had shot another before fleeing the home with a 2-week-old baby — the male child of his and one of the home’s residents (another juvenile) — in his arms. The suspect is the father of the infant, according to a news release from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

Occupants of the home identified the shooter as a person known to them and reported that he ran off, the release stated.

“We got a description of the suspect, and our deputies located him within minutes,” Freeman said. “The strange part about this is when he (the suspect) left, he took a 2-week-old baby ... that had us more concerned than anything else, hoping the (baby) was OK.”

The infant was unhurt. The suspect, who was taken into custody on Grey Rock Way, “complied with officers and placed the child safely on the ground and surrendered without incident,” according to the news release.

The 2-week-old boy is now with the mother in the custody of the Division of Family and Children’s Services.

Freeman said deputies performed CPR on the shooting victim, who was later transported to an area hospital and pronounced dead.

The juvenile male suspect was charged as an adult with murder and two counts of aggravated assault. He was taken to a youth detention center for processing.

Officials with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office remained on the scene for some time looking for the handgun suspected to have been used in the shooting, and was discarded at some point. With the help of other law enforcement agencies who used “article-searching” dogs, they were able to find the loaded weapon.

“They came out with a large canvass (Friday) morning and found it quickly,” Freeman said, adding that the sheriff’s office notified members of the community that there was a loaded weapon somewhere nearby.

Added Freeman: “Thank goodness we were able to find it.”

Freeman said the infant’s mother lived at the residence where the shooting occurred, and that “it’s convoluted, but there was a relationship between the juvenile mother and the suspect.”

He said it’s an uncommon crime that occurred Thursday night in Forsyth County.

“This is not something we’re accustomed to seeing,” Freeman said. “It’s juveniles shooting juveniles, and it’s a rare occurrence. And ... this is truly a tragedy.”