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Victim killed in car during shooting near DeKalb gas station identified

In a Friday afternoon update, police said the man killed is 28-year-old John Battle.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — The man killed during a shooting incident near a shell gas station along Covington Highway Thursday has now been identified.

Authorities said one person was killed and another was hurt in the shooting; two others were also injured in a vehicle accident at the 6400-block of Covington Highway. In a Friday afternoon update, police said the man killed was 28-year-old John Battle. They later said a 14-year-old had been arrested in connection with the case. 

Investigators said Battle, a woman, and a child were driving away from a Shell gas station when a group of people were arguing and started shooting at each other. A bullet struck Battle — who was not involved in the argument — amid the gunfire while he was inside his car, causing him to wreck. 

Battle died from his injuries, but police said the the woman and child are not seriously injured. Police have not indicated Battle's relationship to his passengers.

One of the men who was involved in the dispute at the gas station was also shot. He is recovering from his injuries at a local hospital. 

If anyone with additional information on the case is asked to call homicide detectives at 770-724-7850 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS.

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