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  • Delmetrius Heard (28) of Decatur.
  • The suspect's car in Thursday's shooting.
  • At least three people have been shot at Victory for the World Church in Stone Mountain.
  • Police are searching for a suspect near Fellsridge Court.
  • Carlos Henderson, Jr. (19) of Ellenwood.
  • Marcus Ventress is accused of fatally shooting Ryan Guider during a robbery of his home.
  • Ryan Guider
  • The suspect's car in Thursday's shooting.
    
 PDF Document: Crime Stoppers Press Release for Murder Suspect Marcus Ventress June 4 2012

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- A funeral for a murder victim turned into a deadly shooting Thursday afternoon. One of the murder victim's friends and another man shot and killed each other.

In a press conference Friday afternoon DeKalb County Public Safety Director William Miller said 28-year-old Delmetrius Heard of Decatur and 19-year-old Carlos Henderson, Jr. of Ellenwood were attending the funeral.  

Miller says Henderson was a friend of the murder victim, 19-year-old Ryan Guider. Henderson got into a fight with a group of people and went to his car to get a gun.

Miller said Henderson and Heard killed each other and shot two bystanders in a two man gun battle.

Those other victims, Stanley Battle, and a 12-year-old girl suffered minor leg injuries.

Miller said several people questioned after the funeral were not charged in the shooting.

GALLERY | Photos from the scene

The funeral and shooting happened at the Victory for the World Church on North Hairston Road near Central Drive in Stone Mountain.

On Thursday some witnesses said they saw Marcus Ventress, 28, wanted in connection with Guider's death, at the church.

But on Friday Miller said there is now no evidence Ventress was even there or took part in the shooting.

He is still wanted for Guider's murder and Miller urged Ventress to turn himself in peacefully.

Miller said there is also no hard evidence that the shooting was gang-related, but police have not yet ruled that out.

Miller also said DeKalb County Police will show up in force at the upcoming funerals for shooting victims Henderson and Heard.

"They will be there to identify the comings and goings at those funerals," he added.

He also urged everyone to settle their differences peacefully.

"It's got to stop somewhere; violence is not the answer," Miller added.

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The minister who presided over the funeral also appealed for peace during a live appearance on 11 Alive News Today on Friday morning.

"This tragedy is another reason why people of all faiths must come together in coalition with public safety officials and elected officials to stem the rising tide of youth violence in the African American community," said Dr. Kenneth Samuel, senior pastor of Victory for the World Church. 

Police said they have no evidence tying the church shooting to Thursday's fatal shooting of rapper Lil Phat at Northside Hospital

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