13-year-old arrested for shooting 11-year-old at Golden Glide Skating Rink

Published: Apr. 19, 2022 at 12:54 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - DeKalb County Police have confirmed they made an arrest in an ongoing shooting investigation at Golden Glide Skating Rink that left an 11-year-old comatose.

They announced during a press conference that a 13-year-old male has been arrested for the shooting. The teenager was arrested around 8 a.m. Thursday. He is being interviewed now. At this time, it is not known what led to the shooting.

The juvenile is not being named at this time.


D’Mari Johnson was shot in the head around 11 p.m. April 9. He is still listed to be in critical condition at a local hospital.

The family held a press conference Monday to question the security measures at the venue. The family and their attorneys are calling the establishment a nuisance. DeKalb County Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson says the skating rink is not currently considered a high-risk establishment.

Earlier this week, DeKalb County Police Department says they identified the suspect in the April 9 shooting but were not able to take the person into custody until recently.

After the 11 a.m. press conference, the family of the injured boy sent the following statement:

“The family of D’Mari Johnson is thankful that the individual who allegedly shot D’Mari has been identified and arrested. The family extends its gratitude to the DeKalb County Police Dept. and the other agencies who assisted them in their investigation of this horrific crime.

We are saddened that a 13-year-old could allegedly perpetrate such a heinous act.

The family would like to thank the community for their support and asks for continued prayers for D’Mari’s recovery.

The Cochran Firm is actively conducting its own investigation into this tragic incident. We look forward to the results of the investigation into Golden Glide by various agencies within DeKalb County.

We must remain vigilant in protecting the children in our community.”