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Witness says mom shot son accidentally
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Witness says mom shot son accidentally

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. – New details released in a police report show the mother accused of shooting her son in the head did not stay on scene while the responding officer fought to save his life.

11Alive News obtained the College Park police report detailing what the responding officer found when he arrived on scene Saturday night. Pierre Tilson, 15, was not conscious, alert, or breathing. He had a gunshot wound to his head, the report said.

The officer started chest compressions and continued them until EMS arrived on scene. According to the police report, while he was working to save the boy's life, "people continued to tell me that the child's mother shot him."


According to College Park Master Sgt. Jeff Hightower, a fight among both juveniles and adults broke out at around 8 p.m. on Godby Road. After being struck in the face, 33-year-old Latoya Tilson, Pierre's mother, retrieved a .25 caliber handgun and fired several rounds into the crowd. A 17-year-old boy was hit in the buttocks, and Pierre was struck in the back of the head.

According to the police report, Tilson was found in her apartment on Godby Road and was taken into custody.

Pierre was originally hospitalized in serious condition. Monday afternoon, police confirmed he had passed away.

Tilson is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, family violence act, reckless conduct, cruelty to children and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony. It's now up to the Fulton District Attorney's Office to add any upgraded charges since the teen passed away.

"It wasn't on purpose at all. It was a mother trying to protect her kids and it just went wrong," Stacey Marshall said.

Marshall says she was at South Hampton Estates in College Park on Saturday when an argument broke out. She says a group of neighbors were targeting the Tilsons.

"They were saying that the little boy, Pierre, owed somebody some money. The mom came out with a gun and she was like leave my family alone. I don't want my family to be hurt or beat up," Marshall said.

That's when Marshall said the other child called her bluff.

"The 17-year-old boy that got shot was like, you are going to have to shoot me, and he punched her in the face. When he punched her in the face, the gun went off," Marshall said.

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