Authorities in Conyers, Ga., are taking a “zero tolerance” policy toward house parties such as the one that claimed the life of an 18-year-old Dequavious Stephon Mapp on Nov. 14, Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
“What I’ve heard in the last 48 hours is that the community has had enough of these large parties,” said Wilson, who told the newspaper he met with the Rockdale County Sheriff and other officials one day following the teen’s death.
Police reportedly went to the house twice: once around 9 p.m. on Nov. 13 because of a noise complaint and again after midnight when three teenagers were shot. Mapp later died at Atlanta Medical Center. The two other injured teens, who are 16 and 15, are in stable condition.
Rockdale Magistrate Court Judge Clarence Horne denied bond Monday morning for the shooting suspects, Tevin Williams and James Edwards. Horne also set bond at $1,000 for the house tenant, Jeavoye Jones, who was charged with keeping a disorderly house.
Similar house party shootings have taken place in recent months, including incidents in East Orange, N.J., and Houston, Texas, which led to the deaths of Seton Hall University student Jessica Moore, 19, and Loreal Bronte Castro, 17.