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Man, 20, charged with murder in shooting of teen at party where dozens gathered

Blaylan Phillips, 20, was charged with murder in the shooting of a teen at a party where two others were also injured, Marietta police said.
Cobb County Jail

Police have arrested one of the men who allegedly crashed a party and killed a teen last week at an apartment in Marietta. But they have not said whether he was the actual shooter.

Blaylan Phillips, 20, was charged with felony murder in connection with the shooting that ended the life of 19-year-old Christopher Wilson, Marietta police said Monday.

Phillips remained in the Cobb County jail late Monday without bond, police spokesman Officer David Baldwin said.

Two other teens, 19-year-old Chauncey Martin and 18-year-old Malik Phillips, were also injured after several people crashed the party and one opened fire into the crowd of about 60, police said.

The shooting happened at The Dwells @750 Apartments at 750 Franklin Road, police said. Officers responded to the scene around 12:15 a.m. after getting a report of multiple shots being fired in Building 16, Baldwin said.

When officers arrived, they discovered that three people had been shot during a large party, Baldwin said. One victim was transported by ambulance to Kennestone Hospital while the other two were driven to the hospital by friends before officers arrived, he said.

Investigators said while the party was taking place inside the apartment a group of about four to five unwanted guests arrived on scene and started an argument with some of the attendants.

“One of the unwanted guests pulled out a gun and started shooting into the crowd,” Baldwin said. Two victims sustained non-life threatening wounds, while the third succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at Kennestone Hospital. It’s unclear if any of the victims were involved in the altercation. It’s also unclear what the argument was about.

So far, police have not identified any other suspects in the shooting.

Phillips was arrested early Saturday at his apartment and charged with felony murder and aggravated assault, Cobb County jail records show.

Anyone with information in this incident is asked to contact Detective Christopher Lindsey at (770) 794-5369 or the Marietta Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at (770)794-6990.

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