STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Two teenage girls, including one who is pregnant, were shot in a Stone Mountain park after a cookout and party got out of hand Sunday evening.
The shooting occurred at about 8 p.m. at Wade-Walker Park on Rockbridge Road. Cedric Alexander, DeKalb County's Deputy Chief Operating Officer, said the two victims -- Chardonae Meeks and Maya Scott, both 19 -- were grazed by bullets as their car drove away from the park.
About 1,000 people, mostly teenagers, attended the party, which Alexander described as "unauthorized." Police arrived and were trying to break it up when two attendees got into an argument. A suspect shot at one of the arguers as he and the two victims tried to drive away, police said.
"It could have gotten worse," Alexander said. "It's good the officers got out here when they did and broke up this crowd and moved people along. Had they not, it could have turned into a real chaotic mess."
Alexander said Meeks and Scott are expected to survive. They were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.
Police are now working to identify the suspects in the shooting. No one has been arrested.
The cookout grew as word spread through social media. The gathering had its own hashtag. Police said party organizers didn't have a proper permit, nor did they provide adequate security or police supervision for an event of its size.
"We're going to be taking precautionary measures and do some active planning in and around our parks in DeKalb, starting tomorrow," Alexander said Sunday night. "Hopefully, we'll get ahead of these types of events."
Alexander said that authorities are looking to talk to the party's promoters and "warn them that this is not going to be tolerated."