'Extremely dangerous’ suspects at large after fatally shooting man during marijuana deal, Georgia police say

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Aug. 23 2021, Published 2:44 p.m. ET

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Two men accused of fatally shooting a person and critically injuring another during an alleged drug deal gone bad in Georgia are on the run and should be considered “extremely dangerous,” police said.

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On Aug. 17 shortly before 5:30 p.m., Devonte Lavonne Childs, 25, and Cortney Demar White, 35, allegedly murdered 22-year-old Yemi Ezekiel Mabiaku in the parking lot of a Sandy Springs shopping center.

Police flooded the scene after receiving multiple 911 calls. The victims were rushed to the hospital, where Mabiaku passed away from his injuries. The second man, who authorities have not identified, underwent surgery but is expected to recover.

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Childs and White fled following the killing and went on the run, police said. The two suspects remain at large.

According to Sandy Springs police spokesman Sgt. Sal Ortega, investigators determined the two victims died after they met Childs and White to allegedly “carry out a drug transaction involving a large amount of marijuana.”

Childs and White both now face murder charges in connection to Mabiaku’s death.

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In addition to homicide, Sandy Springs police said, Childs was also charged with two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and aggravated assault with intent to murder, while White received two additional counts of aggravated assault with intent to murder and one count of aggravated battery.

Investigators ask anyone with information related to the crime to contact Sandy Springs Police at JPearson@SandySpringsGa.Govor at )770) 551-6939.

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