Teen arrested in shooting death of Carrollton 13-year-old - CBS46 News

Teen arrested in shooting death of Carrollton 13-year-old

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CARROLLTON, GA (CBS46) -

A teenager has been arrested and charged in the death of a 13-year-old Carrollton teen.

Malik Lydon Charles Davis, 17, was charged with murder, burglary, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in the death of Nizzear Rodriguez.

Nizzear was found by his uncle with a gunshot wound to his head at his home in Carrollton late Sunday morning.

Police believe the honor roll student was shot as he slept in his bed early Sunday morning. He had just celebrated his 13th birthday the night before with his grandmother, who was home at the time of the shooting, but did not hear anything.

After witnesses placed Davis near Nizzear's home with a gun, investigators contacted Davis' mom. She, in turn, brought her son to the police department where he was arrested.

Davis' family said police have the wrong guy.

"Malik wouldn't ever do anything like that, to hurt a child. Like I said, He loves kids," said Kim Thomas, Davis' sister.

Carrollton police said Monday they were trying to identify a possible second suspect as well.

A motive remained unknown.

"Could this have been the wrong apartment these people went into and shot the victim? That's a possibility," said Captain Chris Dobbs, with the Carrollton Police Department.

Dobbs said there had also been a great deal of gang activity in the area.

Nizzear attended Carrollton Junior High School. Grief counselors were brought in Monday to help students cope with the death.

"Nizzear was a wonderful student, well liked and always smiling. This is a difficult day for this school and the entire system. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nizzear's family during this difficult time," said Dr. Todd Simpson, Nizzear's principal, in a written statement.

If you have information which would help investigators solve the case, you are asked to call the Carrollton Police Department at 770-834-4451.

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