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UPDATE | Perry Police say fatal shooting may have been in self-defense

Police have identified the teen who died after being shot in Perry on Tuesday as 16-year-old Justin Blackshear

PERRY, Ga. — More details are coming to light after a teenage girl shot and killed 16-year-old Justin Cameron Blackshear in Perry Tuesday night.

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Eyewitness Lonnie Womack says it started as a physical altercation between Blackshear and two teenage girls near his home on Jackson Lane.

He says the fight lasted about 20 minutes and ended up on his front porch, where one of the girls shot Blackshear multiple times.

Perry Police Department Captain Heath Dykes confirms the shooting and fight happened there and says Blackshear died overnight at Medical Center, Navicent Health.

"It's a sad situation any time a young person's life is lost," said Dykes.

He also says police have identified the two young women, including the one who pulled the trigger.

"One of the females was a shooter," said Dykes.

However, he says his department is not releasing their identities. So far, they're not facing charges.

According to Dykes at least one witness says Blackshear may have been trying to rob them and Womack says Blackshear was attacking one of the young women.

"He was throwing her around like she was nothing," he said.

Dykes says the shooter might have pulled the trigger in self-defense.

"That’s a possibility, and that’s what we’re trying — before we jump to conclusions and jump out there and charge somebody, that’s what is a possibility at this time," he said.

According to him, the teens appeared to be arguing over a handgun.

"He was trying to get the gun from the girl the whole time," said Dykes. He wouldn't say who the gun belonged to, though.

In a city that went two years without a killing, this is the second homicide of 2019. The first happened in April at the King Villas apartments.

"It is unusual for us to have two," said Dykes. "But the thing is we're on top of it."

Two people were ultimately charged in connection to that April homicide.

Anyone with information about the Jackson Lane case can call the Perry Police Department at (478) 338-0255.

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